Get the Full Report on PA’s Office of Open Records in 2022

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PENNSYLVANIA — The Office of Open Records recently released the department’s 2022 Annual Report. The report demonstrates that the citizens of Pennsylvania continue to stay involved in their government.

Highlights from this year’s Annual Report include:

  • The OOR issued 3,034 decisions, the highest number ever;
  • A total of 2,876 appeals were filed with the OOR in 2022, the third-busiest year ever;
  • Of those appeals, 2,267 involved local agencies and 531 involved state agencies;
  • The top ten issues most raised on appeal and addressed by OOR;
  • Ten examples of records accessed via the Right-To-Know Law;
  • Top OOR accomplishments in 2021; and
  • The 75 mediations to resolve appeals and 66 training sessions conducted across the state.

The OOR, created in February 2008, is a quasi-judicial, independent agency led by an Executive Director who is appointed by the governor to a six-year term. Within the OOR, 24 employees oversee and decide thousands of appeals per year, as well as perform dozens of trainings on the RTKL and Pennsylvania’s open meetings law (the Sunshine Act).

In addition to issuing annual reports on the state of open records in Pennsylvania government, the OOR also monitors hundreds of Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) cases within the Pennsylvania court system, and answers inquiries regarding transparency laws.

To learn more, visit the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records website.

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