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OOR Adopts RTKL Fee Schedule

6 January 2023

Section 1307 of the Right-To-Know Law requires the Office of Open Records to establish a fee schedule for Commonwealth agencies and local agencies. Section 1310 of the RTKL requires the OOR to review that fee schedule every other year. Duplication fees charged under the RTKL must be reasonable and based on “prevailing fees for comparable duplication services provided by … Continue reading OOR Adopts RTKL Fee Schedule


Transparency Zone, December 2022

3 January 2023

A government agency must prove that redactions in legal invoices consist of an attorney’s conclusions, legal theories, legal research or opinions. 2022-2709 Proposals related to a canceled bidding process are public records even if those proposals were never formally rejected.  2022-2521 An agency is only required to provide records in the manner in which the … Continue reading Transparency Zone, December 2022


Transparency Zone, November 2022

2 December 2022

A list of 9th graders enrolled at Central High broken down by middle school attended is protected by FERPA. 2022-2258 Granted request for data on collisions in the Delaware River as agency failed to prove records are internal/predecisional deliberations, noncriminal investigative records, or subject to a federal confidentiality statute. 2022-1985 A county consortium for school … Continue reading Transparency Zone, November 2022


Phase 2 of OOR E-File Appeal Portal Process

1 December 2022

During the summer, we shared the exciting news that the OOR is moving forward with our E-File Appeal Portal, with the goal of having all Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) appeals processed through the E-File Portal by spring of 2023.  Use of the E-File Portal will provide a one-stop location for all records involving all appeals, ending … Continue reading Phase 2 of OOR E-File Appeal Portal Process


ICYMI: 2022 Annual Training

15 November 2022

Thanks to the nearly 300 people who logged on to watch the training live. Lots of great questions. Watch for the first time (or again) by clicking the links below. Video PowerPoint


Transparency Zone, October 2022

9 November 2022

Aggregate data about disability services provided to students may be public information.  2022-1989 Agency proved that it has not promulgated regulations defining “chicken meal” and thus a document responsive to the Request does not exist. 2022-2254 An agency may not be allowed to withhold a surveillance video if sensitive images may be blurred (“redacted”). 2022-1908 … Continue reading Transparency Zone, October 2022


Annual Training is November 15

8 November 2022

The Office of Open Records (OOR) will conduct its annual Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) and Sunshine Act training on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. This year’s session, which will be held via Microsoft Teams, will include the following topics: The OOR’s Annual Training is free and open to everyone. Attendees will have ample opportunity to … Continue reading Annual Training is November 15


OOR Reviewing RTKL Fee Schedule, Seeking Comments

7 November 2022

Section 1307 of the Right-To-Know Law requires the Office of Open Records to establish a RTKL Fee Schedule for Commonwealth agencies and local agencies. Section 1310 of the RTKL requires the OOR to review that fee schedule every other year. The OOR last updated the fee schedule in 2020. Today, our biannual review of the RTKL Fee Schedule officially begins for 2022. We … Continue reading OOR Reviewing RTKL Fee Schedule, Seeking Comments


Transparency Zone: September 2022

18 October 2022

No reasonable expectation of privacy exists for names and addresses listed on construction permits, thus that information may not be redacted. 2022-1719 A requester may not be prohibited from taking photographs when inspecting electronic copies of various financial records. 2022-1626 Autopsy and toxicology reports held by a county coroner are not protected from disclosure by … Continue reading Transparency Zone: September 2022


2022 AORO Survey Data

19 September 2022

Over the summer, we conducted a survey of Agency Open Records Officers (AOROs) to get a sense of the volume and complexity of the Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) requests they’ve received in 2021 and 2020. We received responses from 983 AOROs across the state. As in recent years, roughly a third of agencies report receiving more … Continue reading 2022 AORO Survey Data


Docket Date Title County Status
20230201 02/03/2023 Richard Breuer v. Malvern Borough Chester Withdrawn
20230062 02/03/2023 Vanessa Ricci and Probus Investigations v. Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Commonwealth Denied
20230056 02/03/2023 Robert Fennell v. Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Commonwealth Denied
20230054 02/03/2023 David Perretta v. Altoona Area School District Blair Denied
20230047 02/03/2023 Marianne Infante v. Montgomery County Intermediate Unit 23 Montgomery Denied
20230045 02/03/2023 Louis Aliota v. Erie Regional Airport Authority Erie Dismissed: Premature
20230022 02/03/2023 Jonathan Altieri v. Taylor Community Library Lackawanna Granted
Date Organization
February 8, 2023, 10:00 AM [OPEN TO PUBLIC] Payment Issues and the Right-to-Know Law Webinar
February 22, 2023, 10:00 AM [OPEN TO PUBLIC] Payment Issues and the Right-to-Know Law Webinar
March 8, 2023, 10:00 AM [OPEN TO PUBLIC] Basics of the Sunshine Act Webinar
March 16, 2023, 12:00 PM Training for Duquesne University
March 22, 2023, 10:00 AM [OPEN TO PUBLIC] Laws that Protect Information Webinar
April 5, 2023, 10:00 AM [OPEN TO PUBLIC] Basics of the Right to Know Law Webinar