Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law (RTKL) directs Treasury to make contracts available for public inspection by posting it on a publicly accessible website.
Under the RTKL, all Commonwealth agencies, legislative agencies and judicial agencies must file with Treasury any contract involving any real, personal or mixed property of any kind or description, and any contract for personal services where the consideration involved in the contract is $5,000 or greater. It is important to note, however, that RTK specifically exempts contracts for services that are protected by a privilege, such as the attorney-client privilege, from the requirement to be filed with Treasury.
Pennsylvania agencies must file contracts meeting the statutory description no later than ten days after the contract is fully executed. Additionally, agencies must file a summary with Treasury along with each contract they submit.
There are approximately 30 exceptions to the law. These include contracts for services that are protected by a privilege, such as the attorney-client privilege.
Agencies submitting contracts are specifically responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the contracts that they file with Treasury. Beyond specific exemptions, the RTKL also recognizes that other state and federal laws, as well as regulations and court decisions, may make certain kinds of information not subject to disclosure as public records. The law requires agencies to redact contracts or remove
sensitive or non-public information, in accordance with the exemption provisions, prior to submitting them to Treasury.
You can obtain copies of contracts simply by using “print” function of your web browser. Alternatively, you may request paper copies from the agencies that executed the contracts in accordance with the provisions of RTKL.