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Right To Know

Pennsylvania Right-To-Know
 
Former Governor Edward G. Rendell signed the Right-To-Know Law on February 14, 2008, fundamentally changing the way people access public records of their government.  The hallmark of this law, which fully took effect in January 1, 2009, is its presumption of openness.  For the first time in Pennsylvania history, citizens no longer have to prove that a record is public and that is should be released.  Now, a government agency must presume that a record is a public record available for inspection or copying.  If the government agency chooses to withhold a record, the agency has the burden to prove -- with legal citation -- why that record should not be available to the public.
 
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File a Request Form
 
The Right-To-Know Law requires the Office of Open Records to create a Uniform Request Form that must be accepted by all Commonwealth Agencies.  To request information under the Right-To-Know Law from Westmoreland Intermediate Unit, please download the attached Right-To-Know Request Form.
 
 
Fee for RTK Requests
 
Please click on the link below for the fee structure for Right-To-Know requests.
 
 
Contact Information
 
The Right-To-Know Law requires that each government agency appoint a RTK (Right-To-Know) Officer.  The RTK Officer will be the assigned person to receive Right-To-Know requests submitted to the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit; direct requests to the appropriate persons within the IU or to the appropriate person in another agency; track the IU's progress in responding to requests; and to issue interim  and final responses under the act.
 
Right-To-Know information requests, please contact:
Mrs. Christie L. Ridenour
Right-To-Know Officer
Westmoreland Intermediate Unit
102 Equity Drive
Greensburg, PA  15601
724-836-2460 x2299 (phone)
724-836-2561 (fax)
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 
State Office of Open Records, please contact:
Mr. Erik Arneson, Executive Director
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Office of Open Records
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, 4th Floor
Harrisburg, PA  17120-0225