Thank you to all agencies who logged onto the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee’s (JLARC’s) new Public Records Data Reporting site and either submitted a report or indicated your agency does not meet the reporting threshold. Of the approximately 2,500 entities considered to be “agencies” for the purposes of public disclosure reporting, 182 agencies submitted data on the performance metrics. An additional 523 agencies reported that they did not meet the $100,000 threshold and therefore did not submit performance metrics data. JLARC staff are currently reviewing the data and will be building out their reporting tools so that the public can view the data that has been submitted. They will also prepare a summary level report to be delivered to JLARC at its January meeting.

As a next step, JLARC has asked Sightline, LLC, to talk to a representative sample of reporting agencies to gather lessons learned. From that feedback, JLARC will determine what updates need to be made to the guidance and to the reporting system to either make it easier to report your data or to clarify any ambiguities experienced in the first reporting cycle. JLARC knows that public agencies are currently collecting data for the 2018 reporting cycle so they will notify agencies of any updates as early as possible. Any changes will be posted on the JLARC website so you may want to check back periodically to see if there is new information for you to consider. Also, if you have specific feedback, please submit it to JLARC at JLARCPublicRecStudy@leg.wa.gov.

The 2018 reporting cycle runs from January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018.