National Freedom of Information Coalition
Protecting Your Right to Open Government

Our Opinion: Keep partisanship out of Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records

Gov. Tom Wolf pledged to be an “unconventional leader,” but one of his first actions in office smacks of an all-too-familiar brand of politics.

He removed the executive director of the Office of Open Records, firing him with Donald Trump-like flair: swiftly and seemingly with little justification.

In a perfect world, this important but relatively new office would remain above the political fray, acting impartially on behalf of all Pennsylvania residents. Its staffers train state government employees to handle Right-to-Know requests for documents and other information generated by the government; it also handles appeals when government officials deny someone access to records that, in many cases, rightfully belong in the public domain. Continue>>>