Magazine article Information Management

Pittsburgh Is Pennsylvania's Only City without Retention Policy

Magazine article Information Management

Pittsburgh Is Pennsylvania's Only City without Retention Policy

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According to PublicSource.com, in Pennsylvania the Right-to-Know Law gives citizens and journalists the power to request information from every level of government. But if you do file a request, there's no guarantee you'll get what you're after.

Article writer J. Dale Shoemaker poses this question: "Suppose your favorite parking spot was replaced by a bike lane-and now you must park around the block to make room for the cyclists' right-of-way. As a resident, you may wonder how much the city of Pittsburgh paid to have that bike lane installed and how it came about. Is that information available to you?"

His answer? "Generally . . . yes." That's because the Right-to-Know Law is based on the assumption that all government business is public information. But if you file a Right-to-Know request for that bike lane spending data, there's no guarantee you'll get what you're after.

Shoemakes writes that Pittsburgh hired a city archivist, Nicholas Hartley, who is combing through old records in an effort to make them more accessible. Hartley says Pittsburgh doesn't keep track of its records because it was no one's job to do so. …

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