Open Records Officer,
Pennsylvania Open Records Office
Request for Information Form
What Is Covered By the Law: Records, not Questions
Make sure when you file a RTK request, you are seeking records and not just asking questions. The law governs release of records, not answering questions .
A record is defined as “any information regardless of its physical form or character that documents a transaction or activity of an agency AND is created, received, or retained pursuant to law OR in connection with a transaction, business or activity of an agency.” AND is created, received, or retained pursuant to law OR in connection with a transaction, business or activity of an agency.”
Records can take many forms, including papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, film or sound recordings, information stored or maintained electronically and a data-processed or image-processed documents. Note that e-mails can also be a form of public records, subject to any exceptions.
Please feel free to send any “questions” you may have that is not covered by the Right to Know Law to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond in a timely manner.