Holding government accountable via record access is not possible if the public is not well informed about how to request such information.
The OOR is conducting a review of how agencies post Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) information on their websites. Specifically, the review will look at how an agency provides instructions to request information by reviewing a sampling of webpages of Commonwealth and local agencies including school districts, municipalities, police departments, State System universities, community colleges, and authorities.
The review will also consider clarity and accuracy of language, as well as ease of locating how to request information. This includes noting any out-of-date information about how COVID mitigations are affecting RTKL requests.
Have you come across an agency whose RTKL webpage is confusing or difficult to locate? Or conversely, do you have a webpage that you could cite as a good example? If so, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by May 7.
We will publish our final report by early summer.