Presentations from OOR’s 2016 Annual Training

Open records_logo stackedLast week, the Office of Open Records hosted our annual training session about the Right-to-Know Law and the Sunshine Act at the State Museum in Harrisburg.

I made a presentation, as did George Spiess, Chief of Training and Outreach, and Charles Brown, Chief Counsel.

Here are the presentations used at the 2016 Annual Training:

OOR 2016 Annual Training – Erik Arneson – PPTX
OOR 2016 Annual Training – Erik Arneson – PDF

OOR 2016 Annual Training – George Spiess – PPTX
OOR 2016 Annual Training – George Spiess – PDF

OOR 2016 Annual Training – Charles Brown – PPTX
OOR 2016 Annual Training – Charles Brown – PDF

If you’d like to watch the entire event, PCN has made video of the entire two-hour event available for free on its website.

Presentation to Union County Assoc. of Twp. Officials

Open records_logo stackedYesterday evening, I had the opportunity to discuss the Right-to-Know Law and the Office of Open Records with the Union County Association of Township Officials in Mifflinburg. I very much appreciate the invitation.

Here’s the presentation I used:

Union County Assoc. of Twp. Officials Presentation – Oct. 20, 2016 – PPTX
Union County Assoc. of Twp. Officials Presentation – Oct. 20, 2016 – PDF

Annual Training in Harrisburg on Oct. 26

Open records_logo stackedThis year’s Office of Open Records Annual Training will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the State Museum in Harrisburg.

Senior staff from the OOR will lead this session covering the Right-to-Know Law and the Sunshine Act.

The training will touch on the basics of each law, but additional detail will be provided on recent Final Determinations issued by the OOR, recent Supreme Court and Commonwealth Court decisions, and emerging issues.

This training session is designed to be of interest to both agencies and requesters. Attendees will have ample opportunity to ask questions.

This session is pending approval for 1.5 CLEs.

You can register for the training session here.

New Website, New Features

Open records_logo stackedToday, the Office of Open Records website was completely revamped.

This post highlights five new features on the website, but first a note: You can continue to find all of the same information that’s always been available on the OOR website. The site has been reorganized, but nothing has been removed.

ONLINE APPEALS FORM

There’s a new online form to fill out when you file an appeal with the OOR.

The goal of this new form is to save everyone time and to help ensure that you submit all of the required information. When you click “submit,” your appeal is instantly transmitted to the Office of Open Records. If you enter a valid email address, you’ll also receive a copy by email for your own records.

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OOR Annual Training – Presentation Materials

The Office of Open Records held its annual training session in Harrisburg this week, covering the Right-to-Know Law and the Sunshine Act.

PCN very graciously recorded the presentation and has made streaming video of the OOR’s training session available for free:
PCN Video Part 1
PCN Video Part 2

Here’s the presentation I used for my opening comments:
Annual Training 2015 Opening Comments (PDF)
Annual Training 2015 Opening Comments (PPTX)

And here’s the presentation George Spiess, our Director of Training and Outreach, used for his session:
Annual Training 2015 George Spiess Session (PDF)
Annual Training 2015 George Spiess Session (PPTX)

Thanks again to the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission and to the State Museum of Pennsylvania for hosting us, and to Senator Dominic Pileggi for saying a few words at the start of the session.