Events

Across the country, Sunshine Week is marked by panel discussions, workshops and other events about using and understanding the latest developments in freedom of information resources.

To have your Sunshine Week 2019 event included below, please send details and a link or email contact for more information to: sunshineweek@asne.org. If you’d like to see some of what went on in 2013-18, please visit The Vault.

2019 Events TBD

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EVENT
March 8, 2019 National Freedom of Information Day Conference 2019
Newseum, Washington, D.C.
Join several of the nation’s leading journalism and freedom of information advocates to preview Sunshine Week 2019. Topics will include a look at transparency at the midpoint of the current Presidential term, the privatizing of government under a cloak of secrecy, and, for the first time, a look at court transparency. The event is free and open to the public but requires registration. More details regarding time and location to come soon!
March 10, 2019
March 11, 2019 In-Person RTKL Training for Requesters
Office of Open Records, 333 Market St., 16th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101
From 10:00am-11:30am EDT, join the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records for this in-person training that will focus on Right-to-Know Law issues of importance to requesters. 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. 

Right-to-Know Law Training for Requesters
Online webinar
From 2:00pm-3:30pm EDT, join the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records in this webinar that will focus on Right-to-Know Law issues of importance to requesters. 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.

March 12, 2019 Basics for New Agency Open Records Officers
Online webinar
From 10:00am-11:00am EDT, join the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records in this webinar that will give new (and relatively new) Agency Open Records Officers a strong working knowledge of the Right-to-Know Law and their duties under the law. 

2019 Agency Open Records Officer Survey Results
Online webinar
This webinar, put on by the Office of Open Records, will present the results of the OOR’s 2019 survey of Agency Open Records Officers. The goal of the survey was to gather data related to Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) requests submitted in calendar year 2018 to help inform future policy decisions regarding the RTKL and other government transparency issues in Pennsylvania. This webinar will be from 2:00pm-3:00pm EDT.

DC Open Government Summit
American Bar Association, Washington, D.C.
The DC Open Government Coalition will be partnering with other local organizations on its 8th annual Open Government Summit. The summit will be held at the American Bar Association (1050 Connecticut Ave., NW) on the evening of Tuesday, March 12th and promises a lively discussion about the state of transparency in the District of Columbia. The event is free, but registration is required.

March 13, 2019 Sunshine Act Training
Online webinar
This webinar, put on by the Office of Open Records, will focus on Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act, which governs access to government agency meetings in Pennsylvania. Topics to be covered include the definitions of agency business and official action, when executive sessions may be held, recording public meetings, penalties for violating the Sunshine Act, and more. This webinar will be from 10:00am-11:00am EDT. 

About Office of Open Records Mediation
Online webinar
From 2:00pm-3:00pm EDT, join the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records in this session that will cover the OOR’s mediation program, which has proven to be effective and can be used by both agencies and requesters to help resolve disputes under the Right-to-Know Law. Topics to be covered include how to request mediation, the process of mediation, what happens if mediation fails, and more.

March 14, 2019 Recent Court and Office of Open Records Decisions of Note
Online webinar
This webinar, put on by the Office of Open Records, will highlight recent, significant court decisions and final determinations issued by the OOR. This webinar will be from 10:00am-11:00am EDT. 

Preparing Affidavits for Appeals
Online webinar
This webinar, put on by the Office of Open Records, will give Agency Open Records Officers (AOROs) and agency solicitors the information they need to prepare appropriate affidavits when a Right-to-Know Law appeal has been filed with the OOR. Typically, evidence is submitted to the OOR via affidavit, so it’s important for AOROs and solicitors to be familiar with what constitutes a good affidavit under the RTKL. This webinar will be from 2:00pm-3:00pm EDT.

March 15, 2019 Releasing the 2018 Office of Open Records Annual Report
Online webinar
From 10:00am-11:00am EDT, join the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records in this webinar that will feature highlights from the 2018 OOR Annual Report, which will be released concurrent with the start of the webinar. The OOR’s Annual Report includes data about Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) appeals, examples of successful RTKL requests, and more. 

Office of Open Records Website Resources
Online webinar
From 2:00pm-3:00pm EDT, join the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records in this session that will introduce participants to the many resources available at the OOR’s website for both agencies and requesters. The website includes guides for citizens and agencies, many sample forms, a powerful Final Determination search tool, and much more.

March 16, 2019