Open Government Seminars FAQs
Discover the details for an informative and lively seminar for local government officials, constituents and interested groups.
How much does an Open Government Seminar cost?
Open Government Seminars are FREE!
Who do I contact to schedule an open government seminar?
Please call the Open Government Unit at the Auditor of State’s Office at (800) 282-0370 or (614) 728-7116 and ask for Denise L. Carr.
What topics are discussed?
You can request a seminar on records retention basics, Ohio’s Public Records Act or Ohio’s Open Meetings Act. Additionally, you can specifically request the Certified Public Records Training established by House Bill 9, which covers all three of the aforementioned topics. Presentations on other related topics may also be available upon request.
How long does a seminar last?
Length varies depending on the topic or topics covered and the audience. The Open Government Unit can assist you in tailoring a seminar that meets the specific needs and time requirements of your audience.
Average length of the seminars is as follows:
- Records retention basics: one and a half hours
- Ohio’s Public Records Act: two hours
- Ohio’s Open Meetings Act: one hour
- Certified Public Records Training: three hours, including a 15 minute break.
What are my responsibilities with seminar presentations?
You are responsible for securing a location, inviting attendees (minimum of 30 people required), promoting the seminar and providing a projection screen or blank wall for Power Point presentations.
What will the Open Government Unit provide?
All seminar participants will receive handouts on the seminar’s topic and a copy of Ohio’s Open Government Resource Manual either in hard copy or on a CD. Additionally, we will provide a laptop computer and a projector to run presentations. We will also provide a speaker who is a respected expert on Ohio’s open government laws. The Open Government Unit can provide online registration upon request.