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Open Government & Transparency Training Sessions

​Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley marked national Sunshine Week by announcing that his Office will offer local governments a series of Open Government & Transparency Training Sessions this spring and summer.

Sunshine Week – March 16-22 – is an annual initiative to promote open government and spark a nationwide discussion about the critical importance of access to public information. Sunshine Week highlights freedom of information as a cornerstone of democracy, enlightening and empowering people to play an active role in their government at all levels.

The Washington State Auditor’s Office Local Government Performance Center has partnered with the Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington to develop tools and resources that will provide practical assistance and a guide to best practices. The training sessions are free of charge and designed to help elected and appointed local government leaders to excel in records management and compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act and the Public Records Act.

The sessions will also include a presentation by State Auditor’s Office staff on the role of our Office and common issues that arise during an audit.

“Local government leaders understand the value of transparency of government and accountability to their constituents,” Auditor Kelley said. “These free training sessions offer the knowledge, resources and tools to help them succeed through established best practices, and to fulfill our vision of government that works for citizens.”

Seating is limited, so sign up for these transparency training sessions now: Longview (May 7), Wenatchee (June 16), Spokane (June 18), Everett (July 9), Tacoma (July 10), Yakima (September 17) and Tri-Cities (September 18).

You are also invited to sign up for evening Transparency Town Halls that will follow the training sessions in Wenatchee and Everett. These events are to provide members of the public the opportunity to better understand the role of the State Auditor’s Office in government transparency, and to offer their questions and comments.

Open Government and Transparency Training Resources 

Open Government and Transparency Training

OPMA Agency Obligations - a Starting Point

OPMA - Executive Sessions

OPMA Notice Requirements

PRA - Agency Obligations: a Starting Point

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