Recent revelations about the unauthorized disposal of e-mail records at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reveal a serious problem with records management policies, practices, and responsibilities within some federal agencies. At its core, this is an enterprise-wide records management and information governance issue.
As shown in the articles below, Congress is taking actions to put in place laws and regulations meant to prevent further loss of information. However, many of the terms used in committee hearings, as well as in related discussions, articles, and the like, are not well known or are being misused.
To help, ARMA International recently released an infographic that defines some of the most common terms used in these discussions, as they relate to the U.S. federal government. This will be a useful resource for a variety of audiences as the discussion on modernizing government recordkeeping policies and practices continues. (We use the terms “recordkeeping” and “records management” when referring to such actions as these are the terms that are currently codified into federal laws, regulations and job series.)
ARMA International continues to reach out to those involved to serve as a thought leader on these very important issues.
See the infographic: Records Management Defined