The Office of Open Records’ Annual Report for 2016 is now available. I enjoy putting together these reports and think they provide good insight into how the Right-to-Know Law is working across Pennsylvania.
Highlights from this year’s report include:
- 2,102 appeals were filed with the Office of Open Records in 2016. Of those, more than half (1,077) were filed by everyday citizens.
- 1,424 appeals involved local agencies; 573 involved state agencies. (The remainder involved agencies over which the OOR does not have jurisdiction.)
- 70 training sessions were conducted across the state and attended by about 3,000 people, including public officials, agency employees, and requesters.
- 49 successful mediations were achieved, which help both agencies and requesters by ensuring that the appeals do not move to court.
I’ll be highlighting more of this year’s Annual Report in subsequent posts to this blog.