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PennWATCH contains data reported by state agencies and other entities as required by Act 18 of 2011.  Questions regarding specific data should be directed to the agency or entity that reported it.


PennWATCH excludes data and information that are confidential, private, or otherwise exempt from disclosure under state and federal laws. This includes information regarding certain payments to individuals, such as social services payments (payments made to an individual for cash assistance, medical and other health-related or welfare-related benefits or services, education and training benefits or aging services), unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, property tax or rent rebate, employee benefit buyout, reimbursement of employees for expenditures, and other programs that provides direct monetary payments to an individual.


Records or data that are exempt from disclosure under the Right to Know Law do not appear on PennWATCH.  In particular, certain personal employee information is excluded because the disclosure of the information would be reasonably likely to:

  • Result in a substantial and demonstrable risk of physical harm to or the physical security of an individual.
  • Jeopardize or threaten public safety or preparedness or public protection activity and the information is maintained in connection with the military, homeland security, national defense, law enforcement or other public safety activity.
  • Endanger the safety or physical security of a building, public utility, resource, infrastructure, etc.

For more information, please read the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law.