Agencies may contact the Assistant Attorney General for Open Government.
Training materials and/or speakers may also be available to agencies from other sources.
Violations of the open public records and meetings laws can result in penalties, as well as a breakdown in confidence in government. The Office of the Attorney General provides model rules for complying with the open public records laws, and technical assistance and training on open public records and open public meetings laws.
On this web page, the office also provides access to other free online resources for open government training.
As more resources become available, they will be posted or linked here.
Agencies may also contact the office to seek in-person training assistance.
Here is guidance from the Office of the Attorney General: Open Government Trainings Act Q & A. Public agencies must have a good command of these laws.
Effective July 1, 2014, the Open Government Trainings Act (ESB 5964) requires many public officials and all agency records officers to receive training.
Training is a key component in correctly implementing and complying with the laws. Training can help establish a “culture of compliance” within an agency.
Training can help avoid or reduce litigation and its costs.
Lesson (4) addresses Records Management and Retention.
Agencies can use materials that fit their training requirements or needs. It is offered to give background on open government laws generally.
Lessons (2) – (4) provide online training that complies with ESB 5964 (RCW , RCW and RCW ).