Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act – Presentation

This morning, the Office of Open Records hosted a webinar all about Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act, also known as the open meetings law.

Topics covered include providing public notice of meetings, the rules about allowing public comment, executive sessions, and more.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation that our Chief of Training & Outreach, George Spiess, used for this session:

Sunshine Act Webinar – March 13, 2019 – PDF
Sunshine Act Webinar – March 13, 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!

Basics for New AOROs – Presentation

This morning, the Office of Open Records hosted a webinar designed for new Agency Open Records Officers (AOROs).

Topics covered include agency obligations under the Right-to-Know Law, what to do when a request is received, fees and payments, and the OOR’s appeal process.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation that our Chief of Training & Outreach, George Spiess, used for this session:

Basics for New AOROs Webinar- March 12, 2019 – PDF
Basics for New AOROs Webinar- March 12, 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!

Presentation for In-Person Requester Training

This morning, the Office of Open Records hosted a training session designed for requesters here at our office in Harrisburg.

Topics covered include how to write a good Right-to-Know Law request, accessing information in databases, significant deadlines in the RTKL, how to appeal a RTKL denial, and more.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I used for this session:

Requester Training – March 11, 2019 – PDF
Requester Training – March 11, 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!

9 OOR Webinars Next Week

As part of Sunshine Week 2019, the Office of Open Records is hosting a series of nine webinars addressing various topics related to Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law and Sunshine Act. Some will be of more interest to agencies, some of more interest to requesters, and some will be of interest to both groups.

Here’s the complete schedule, along with links to sign up:

Right-to-Know Law Training for Requesters
Monday, March 11, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Basics for New Agency Open Records Officers
Tuesday, March 12, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

2019 Agency Open Records Officer Survey Results
Tuesday, March 12, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sunshine Act Training
Wednesday, March 13, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

About Office of Open Records Mediation
Wednesday, March 13, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Recent Court and Office of Open Records Decisions of Note
Thursday, March 14, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Preparing Affidavits for Appeals
Thursday, March 14, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Releasing the 2018 Office of Open Records Annual Report
Friday, March 15, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Office of Open Records Website Resources
Friday, March 15, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

After you sign up for a webinar, you’ll receive a confirmation email. About 30 minutes prior to the start of each session you sign up for, you’ll receive another email which includes a link to join the webinar. The OOR’s webinars run via Skype, so you may need to download a small app to participate, but in our testing the process has been pretty seamless.

We hope you can join us for one or more of the sessions!

In-Person Training for Requesters on 3/11

Office of Open Records LogoOn Monday, March 11, the Office of Open Records is hosting an in-person training session for requesters at our office in Harrisburg.

The session will examine Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law from the perspective of someone who wants to obtain records. Topics to be covered include how to write a good RTKL request, accessing information in databases, significant deadlines in the RTKL, how to appeal a RTKL denial, and more.

There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

I hope you can join us! Sign up here to register.

Webinar on 3/6 – Request Form Plus Open Q&A

Office of Open Records LogoTomorrow (March 6, 2019) at 10:30 a.m., the Office of Open Records will host a webinar to explain recent changes to the Standard Right-to-Know Law Request Form and to answer RTKL-related questions during an open Q&A session.

I’ll be part of the webinar, as will George Spiess, the OOR’s Director of Training and Outreach.

You can join us by signing up for the webinar here.

We plan (subject to our ability to master the technology involved) to post the session on YouTube sometime after the event concludes.

Sunshine Week 2019 – OOR Webinars

As part of Sunshine Week 2019, the Office of Open Records is hosting a series of webinars. Some will be of more interest to agencies, some of more interest to requesters, and some will be of interest to both groups.

(The OOR’s webinars run via Skype, so you may need to download a small app to participate, but in our testing the process has been pretty seamless. Everyone who signs up will receive directions on how to access the webinar a couple days in advance.)

Here’s the schedule of webinars:

Right-to-Know Law Training for Requesters
Monday, March 11, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Basics for New Agency Open Records Officers
Tuesday, March 12, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

2019 Agency Open Records Officer Survey Results
Tuesday, March 12, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sunshine Act Training
Wednesday, March 13, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

About Office of Open Records Mediation
Wednesday, March 13, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Recent Court and Office of Open Records Decisions of Note
Thursday, March 14, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Preparing Affidavits for Appeals
Thursday, March 14, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Releasing the 2018 Office of Open Records Annual Report
Friday, March 15, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Office of Open Records Website Resources
Friday, March 15, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

In addition to the webinars, we’re also hosting one in-person training session for requesters at our office in Harrisburg:

In-Person RTKL Training for Requesters
Monday, March 11, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

We hope you can join us for one or more of the sessions!

Speaking at the Forest County Courthouse

Yesterday, I visited beautiful Tionesta in Forest County to speak to county department heads and employees about Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

It was a great session, and I very much appreciate the invitation.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I used:

Forest County – Jan. 16, 2019 (PPTX)
Forest County – Jan. 16, 2019 (PDF)

If you’d like to request training from the Office of Open Records, here’s how to do it.

Presentation for 12/5 Requester Training

Yesterday, the Office of Open Records hosted a training session designed for requesters at our office in Harrisburg.

Topics covered include how to write a good RTKL request, accessing information in databases, significant deadlines in the RTKL, how to appeal a RTKL denial, and more.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I used for this session:

Requester Training – Dec. 5, 2018 – PDF
Requester Training – Dec. 5, 2018 – 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.

Our next scheduled training for requesters will take place on March 11, 2019.

Speaking at the Mercer County Courthouse

On Monday, I visited beautiful Mercer County to speak to county department heads and employees about Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

It was a great session, and I very much appreciate the invitation. (The Mercer County Courthouse, built more than 100 years ago, is a wonderful building that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.)

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I used:

Mercer County – Nov. 19, 2018 (PPTX)
Mercer County – Nov. 19, 2018 (PDF)

If you’d like to request training from the Office of Open Records, here’s how to do it.