OOR – 2017 Annual Training

Open records_logo stackedOn October 23, the Office of Open Records held its annual training session in Harrisburg. The session included presentations by Erik Arneson, executive director; Charles Brown, chief counsel; Delene Lantz, general counsel; and George Spiess, director of training and outreach.

This year, for the first time, the training was available via webinar. We’ve also uploaded the complete event to YouTube:

To learn about upcoming training events, sign up for the OOR’s email newsletter. You can also request a training session.

Here’s the presentation we used for this year’s annual training session:

OOR Annual Training – October 23, 2017 – PDF
OOR Annual Training – October 23, 2017 – PPTX


Presentation to PASBO

Open records_logo stackedOn October 20, I took part in a webinar hosted by the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO). We discussed a number of issues related to the Right-to-Know Law and the Office of Open Records.

I was joined on the webinar by Clarence C. Kegel, Esq., of the law firm Kegel Kelin Almy & Lord LLP. (Clarence did the vast bulk of the work in preparing the PowerPoint presentation we used to guide the discussion.)

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

Here’s the presentation we used:

PASBO – October 20, 2017 – PDF
PASBO – October 20, 2017 – PPTX

PNA Sunshine Week Presentation

Earlier today, I took part in a Sunshine Week panel discussion hosted by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA).

The panel also included Melissa Melewsky, Media Law Counsel for PNA, Scott Coburn, General Counsel for the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, and Terry Mutchler, my predecessor as Executive Director of the Office of Open Records and now an attorney at Pepper Hamilton.

It was an excellent discussion, and PCN was on hand to record it for future broadcast.

Here’s the presentation I used at the event:

PNA – Sunshine Week (PDF)
PNA – Sunshine Week (PPTX)

IUP Journalism Class

IUP LogoYesterday, I had the privilege of speaking to a journalism class at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. David Loomis invited me to talk to the class about the Right-to-Know Law, the Sunshine Act, and other issues of government transparency.

The class had a lot of great questions, and the discussion was a lot of fun.

Here’s the Powerpoint I put together for the event:

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Presentation 24 Sept 2015 (PDF)
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Presentation 24 Sept 2015 (PPTX)

Thrival Festival: Big Data & You

Yesterday, I took part in the “Big Data & You” panel at Pittsburgh’s Thrival Innovation & Music Festival.

The panel also included Dr. Rasu Shrestha, Chief Innovation Officer, UPMC Enterprises; Dr. Amesh Adalja, Senior Associate, UPMC Center for Health Security; and Saman Haqqi, President of Pittsburgh Dataworks and Program Director at IBM’s Watson Group. Our terrific moderator was Jay Srini, Chief Information Officer, Kew Group.

It was a fascinating discussion and I was excited to be a part of it. Here’s the Powerpoint I used:

Thrival Festival Presentation 22 Sept 2015 (PPTX)
Thrival Festival Presentation 22 Sept 2015 (PDF)

Yesterday’s other panels and discussions were equally interesting, including “This is Old News: Innovation in Traditional Media” and “Creative Chaos: Diversity and Innovation.” If you’re in the Pittsburgh area this week, check out Thrival Festival’s schedule. This year’s event runs through Sunday, Sept. 27.

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