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PA Office of Open Records (“OOR”) to launch Agency Open Records Officer Database

The Office of Open Records (“OOR”) is launching a searchable, online database of Agency Open Records Officer (“AORO”) contact information for every agency in the Commonwealth.  The AORO database will allow the public to contact the correct AORO to request agency records and will ensure that the OOR can contact AOROs in the event an appeal is filed with the OOR.  As part of the new online database, agencies can also update their AORO information online.

The OOR will launch the online AORO search function to the public on April 16, 2018.  Prior to the launch date, the OOR is asking that all agencies review and confirm their AORO contact information at the following link: http://openrecords.pa.gov/AORO/

To review your agency’s contact information, search your agency’s name and click the edit icon next to your agency, then click submit.  All emails associated with the account will receive a confirmation e-mail.  Detailed step-by-step instructions are also available on the OOR’s website.  The OOR will review and confirm any changes within five business days.

If you have any difficulty accessing the online registration form or have any other questions about the process, please contact the OOR at (717) 346-9903 or openrecords@pa.gov.

The OOR also provides many Right to Know Law resources on its website, http://openrecords.pa.gov, including OOR Final Determinations, court decisions, agency guides, sample affidavits, forms, and numerous other documents related to the RTKL.