Welcome to the Open Government Training web page of the Office of the Attorney General.
General Information & Instructions
Click on the dropdown boxes below for “General Information and Instructions.” To take online training, scroll down to “Open Government Training Curriculum & Resources.” For sample documentation, scroll down to “Last Step: Training Documentation.”
Washington’s open government requirements are in state law. Open public records laws are in the Public Records Act at RCW 42.56. Open public meetings laws are in the Open Public Meetings Act at RCW 42.30. These are Washington’s “sunshine laws.” In addition, records management and retention laws are at RCW 40.14.
Public agencies must have a good command of these laws. Training is a key component in correctly implementing and complying with the laws. Training is an important risk management tool. Training can help establish a “culture of compliance” within an agency. Training can