Web Sites and Link
211 Answers, Please!Information and referral service that connects residents with public and private social service agencies. Search or browse its database of service providers.
Advisory Neighborhood CommissionsNeighborhood bodies that advise the District government on issues affecting their local areas. Has a directory of ANCs, including members, meeting schedules and contact information.
Board of Appeals and ReviewReviews complaints against decisions of DC government agencies. Site explains the appeals process.
Business Resource CenterProvides information and technical assistance to businesses. Includes news, information on government services and regulations, and market information.
Child and Family Services AgencyInformation on adoption, foster care, and child protective services.
Child Support Enforcement DivisionBrief primer on the program.
Clean City InitiativeDescribes government programs to improve city cleanliness.
Commission on the Arts and HumanitiesPromotes local artists and arts activities. Includes information on grants and art education.
DC Lottery and Charitable Games Control BoardDC Lottery news and brief overview of games offered.
DC Water and Sewer AuthorityIncludes news, financial reports, and water quality reports.
Department of CorrectionsOperates the DC Jail and other correctional facilities. Site has information and statistics.
Department of Consumer and Regulatory AffairsRegulates businesses, issues business and alcoholic beverage licenses, and regulates historic preservation, rental housing and real estate. Site has downloadable forms and tells how to get permits and licenses.
Department of Employment ServicesProvides services to employers, employees, and job-seekers, including job training, workers' compensation, and unemployment compensation.
Department of Human ServicesInformation on such programs as welfare reform, family services, early childhood development, rehabilitation services, mental retardation and developmental disability services.
Department of Housing and Community DevelopmentDescribes home buyer assistance programs and housing-related development incentives.
Department of Insurance, Securities and BankingRegulates financial service firms. Includes forms, licensing information, consumer information and regulatory texts.
Department of Mental HealthDescribes the agency, its facilities (including St. Elizabeths Hospital), and its services for adults and children.
Department of Motor VehiclesProvides information on driver's licenses, auto registrations and auto inspections.
Department of Parks and RecreationDescribes recreational facilities and programs, including classes, sports leagues, and child care.
Department of Public WorksHas information on trash collection, recycling, street cleaning and other services.
Department of TransportationProvides access to transportation-related services and information.
District of Columbia Public SchoolsProvides information on the public school system, including Board of Education meeting minutes, news, statistical data, and information on curriculum, policies, services, and special education.
District of Columbia Sentencing CommissionReviews and recommends sentencing policy to the District Council. Has meeting minutes, reports, legislation and news.
Emergency Management AgencyCoordinates the response to disasters, emergencies, and severe weather. Includes news and emergency guidelines.
Housing Finance AgencyIssues bonds to expand home ownership and rental housing. Has news and background information on local housing development programs.
Metropolitan Washington Council of GovernmentsComposed of 17 local governments in the area, plus legislators representing the region. Site describes programs dealing with transportation, the environment, housing, and other regional issues.
National Capital Revitalization CorporationPublic-private body promotes major economic development projects. Includes text of its Revitalization Plan.
Neighborhood ActionProgram for community involvement in neighborhood planning. Site has an overview, meeting summaries, and news.
Office of Boards and CommissionsDescribes government boards and commissions and the appointment process for board members.
Office of Cable Television and TelecommunicationsRegulates cable television. Site has information on cable franchise agreements and program schedules of city-operated cable channels.
Office of Citizen Complaint ReviewInvestigates and adjudicates complaints of police misconduct. Site includes information on complaint procedures, printable forms, news releases, and reports.
Office of Community AffairsServes as a liaison between government and community organizations. Site includes a directory of civic and neighborhood associations and links to a calendar of community events and meetings.
Office of Contracting and ProcurementDescribes the requirements for doing business with the city and lists current bid solicitations.
Office of Human RightsDeals with issues of discrimination, equal opportunity and human rights. Site has information on filing discrimination complaints and on the agency's mediation procedures. Some pages also in Spanish.
Office of Local Business DevelopmentFosters economic growth and the development of local, small and disadvantaged businesses. Site describes the agency's programs and has downloadable business certification forms.
Office of Motion Picture and TV DevelopmentPromotes the city as a site for film and TV production. Includes a guide to production services, permit application form, and filmography.
Office of Partnerships and Grants DevelopmentHelps local government agencies and non-profit groups apply for Federal grants and develop joint public-private grant proposals. Includes a guide to web resources on obtaining grants and writing proposals and a weekly update on grant opportunities.
Office of PersonnelDescribes city government employment policies, job opportunities, pay, benefits, and training. Includes forms and manuals.
Office of PlanningDevelops plans for city development and neighborhood revitalization. Site includes the city's Comprehensive Plan, project reports, news, and historic preservation information and guidelines.
Office of Property ManagementAcquires and manages properties for DC government agencies. Includes agency description, reports and documents.
Office of the Attorney GeneralThe legal office for the DC government. Includes news and information on the agency and its programs.
Office of the Chief Technology OfficerPlans and oversees computer and other technology systems for government agencies. Site describes programs and has an archive of news releases.
Office of the Chief Financial OfficerOversees DC government finances, budget, and taxation. Site has downloadable tax forms and publications, budget and financial reports, a searchable real property tax database, and information on community development incentive programs and other activities of the agency.
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic DevelopmentIncludes news, press releases, strategic plan, directory of business resources, and information on programs such as development incentives for housing and small business, development areas, and the DC Enterprise Zone.
Office of the District of Columbia AuditorAudits the accounts and operations of the DC government. Site includes archive of recent reports.
Office of the Inspector GeneralInvestigates government agencies and programs. Site has reports and testimony and tells how to report fraud and waste.
Office of the People's CounselRepresents the interests of utility ratepayers. Information on local utilities and consumer complaints.
Office of the SecretaryIssues ceremonial documents and maintains official record collections, among other duties. Site tells how to request ceremonial documents, apply for research access to official records, and apply for a notary public commission.
Office of ZoningZoning information, history, maps, application forms, news releases, and a searchable data base of regulations and hearing transcripts.
Office on AgingSite describes services the agency provides to the elderly population, including health care, housing, legal assistance and transportation.
Office on Asian and Pacific Islander AffairsInformation on the office, its services, and the Asian-Pacific Islander community in Washington, DC.
Office on Latino AffairsProvides information on city services for the Latino community.
Public Charter School BoardIncludes list of charter schools, application information, press releases, reports, and other documents.
Public Employee Relations BoardResolves labor-management disputes between city agencies and labor organizations. Site describes the complaint, dispute resolution, and hearing/mediation process and has text of the board's rules.
Public Service CommissionRegulates electric, gas and telephone utilities in the city. Site has information for utility customers, case calendar, hearing transcripts, and the text of commission rulings, regulations and other documents.
ReStore DCPromotes revitalization of neighborhood business districts and small businesses. Has information on programs and descriptions of business areas that are part of the DC Main Street initiative.
Sports & Entertainment CommissionSchedule of upcoming events at RFK Stadium and DC Armory and seating diagrams.
State Education OfficeIts responsibilities include administering nutrition programs, such as the school lunch program, and financial aid, such as the DC Tuition Assistance Grant Program for college study. Includes news, reports, legislation, program information, and links to web sites related to local education.
Taxicab CommissionIncludes requirements for chauffeur and hack licenses, list of taxicab companies, and municipal regulations relating to taxicabs.
Washington, DC Comprehensive PlanDC Office of Planning site has information on the Comprehensive Plan that guides the growth of the city. Has information on the planning process, a calendar of meetings and events, and a library of documents. Sign up to participate in the community feedback program.
Washington, District of ColumbiaThe official web site of the Government of the District of Columbia. Includes news, web links, and information about the city and about local government services.
Workforce Investment CouncilA public-private advisory body on workforce development issues. Site describes services available to employers, youth training services, and business incentives and has links to other sources of information.