The Office of Open Records

The Office of Open Records was created by Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law (sometimes referred to as the Open Records Law), Act 3 of 2008.

As the OOR’s Executive Director, I’m passionate about the mission of our office: to enforce the Right-to-Know Law and to serve as a resource for citizens, public officials, and members of the media in obtaining public records of their government.

My plan for this blog is to highlight issues related to Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law, along with other topics related to government transparency and open government.

If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear from you. Post a comment below, tweet @ErikOpenRecords, or send me an email.

For those who may be interested, here’s a bit of background: At the time the Right-to-Know Law was written, I worked for Senator Dominic Pileggi. I was deeply involved in drafting Senator Pileggi’s bill (Senate Bill 1) which was eventually signed into law by Governor Ed Rendell. After the law was enacted, I worked closely with Executive Director Terry Mutchler and other OOR officials to ensure that the office was independent and had the resources it needed to operate. Prior to working for the Pennsylvania Senate, I was a reporter for the Lebanon Daily News.