Presentation to County Treasurers

Office of Open Records LogoEarlier today, I spoke to a gathering of Pennsylvania’s elected county treasurers, hosted by the Pennsylvania State Association of Elected County Officials.

The session, part of a conference running June 11-14, was held in Cranberry Township, Butler County, and it focused on the Right-to-Know Law.

I very much appreciate the invitation.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I used:

County Treasurers – June 12, 2019 – PPTX
County Treasurers – June 12, 2019 – PDF

If you’re interested in training about the Right-to-Know Law and/or the Sunshine Act, please let us know.

Webinar – RTKL for Law Enforcement

Office of Open Records LogoThe Office of Open Records is hosting a webinar titled The Right-to-Know Law for Law Enforcement on Thursday, June 13, at 10 a.m.

This session, hosted by George Spiess, our Chief of Training and Outreach, will focus on those aspects of the Right-to-Know Law that are specific to police departments, such as investigatory records, the impact of Act 22 of 2017 (which covers police recordings), and CHRIA.

More information about the webinar is available on the OOR’s Training Calendar.

The OOR also has published a RTKL Guide for Law Enforcement Agencies.

Presentation to Media Requesters

This morning at the Office of Open Records in Harrisburg, I hosted a training session for a group of media requesters. The session focused on the Right-to-Know Law.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I used:

Media Requester Training – June 6, 2019 – PPTX
Media Requester Training – June 6, 2019 – PDF

If you’re interested in training about the Right-to-Know Law and/or the Sunshine Act, please let us know.

Presentations in Hermitage and Saegertown

Today, at the invitation of Senator Michele Brooks, I’ll be speaking to groups in Hermitage (10 a.m.) and Saegertown (2 p.m.). The sessions will focus on the Right-to-Know Law and related topics, with plenty of time for Q&A.

I’m looking forward to two great events, and I very much appreciate the invitation.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I will use:

Hermitage & Saegertown – Sen. Michele Brooks – April 3, 2019 (PDF)
Hermitage & Saegertown – Sen. Michele Brooks – April 3, 2019 (PPTX)

OOR Webinars – Last Week & A Look Ahead

Office of Open Records LogoPrior to last week, the Office of Open Records had hosted precisely one webinar. Last week, which was Sunshine Week 2019, we dove in the deep end with nine webinars.

Part of our goal was to see how much interest there might be in this kind of training about the Right-to-Know Law and the Sunshine Act. The OOR has been doing on-site trainings since the law went into effect in 2009, and we don’t intend to stop. But webinars can reach a wider audience more efficiently.

I’m thrilled to report that we had more than 600 people sign up to participate in those nine webinars. (Some of those 600 are repeat customers – people who signed up for more than one.) As a result, we will definitely be scheduling more web-based training sessions.

Of the nine sessions we offered last week, here’s how they ranked in terms of public interest:

  • Sunshine Act Training
  • Basics for New Agency Open Records Officers (AOROs)
  • Recent Court & OOR Decisions of Note
  • About OOR Mediation
  • AOROs: Preparing Affidavits for Appeals
  • OOR Website Resources
  • RTKL Training for Requesters
  • 2019 AORO Survey Results
  • OOR Annual Report

If you’d like to suggest other topics, please let us know. And the best way to be notified of upcoming OOR webinars is to sign up for our email newsletter!

Preparing Affidavits for RTKL Appeals

This afternoon, the Office of Open Records is hosting a webinar designed to help Agency Open Records Officers and agency attorneys better understand how to prepare affidavits when an appeal has been filed under the Right-to-Know Law.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation that our Deputy Director, Nathan Byerly, prepared for this session:

Preparing Affidavits for RTKL Appeals – March 14, 2019 – PDF
Preparing Affidavits for RTKL Appeals – March 14, 2019 – PPTX

The OOR regularly provides training on Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law and Sunshine Act. Our training calendar is available here, and we always welcome requests to provide training.

This is Sunshine Week 2019, and we’re hosting a series of webinars. I hope you can join us for some or all of them!

Recent Court and OOR Decisions of Note

This morning, the Office of Open Records is hosting a webinar focusing on recent court and OOR decisions under the Right-to-Know Law and the Sunshine Act.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation that our Chief Counsel, Charles Brown, prepared for this session:

Recent Court and OOR Decisions of Note – March 14, 2019 – PDF
Recent Court and OOR Decisions of Note – March 14, 2019 – PPTX

The OOR regularly provides training on Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law and Sunshine Act. Our training calendar is available here, and we always welcome requests to provide training.

This is Sunshine Week 2019, and we’re hosting a series of webinars. I hope you can join us for some or all of them!