Records Management: If the U.S. Government Can Get Its (White) House in Order, So Can Your Organization
“Proper records management is the backbone of open Government”, according to a press release dated November 28, 2011 from The White House Office of the Press Secretary. We couldn’t agree more.
Decades of technological advances (along with a few spoliation issues, problems responding to information requests, and a pending sanctions motion or two) have led the United States Government to plan significant records management reforms.
Noting that the proliferation of technology and electronically stored information has “radically increased the volume and diversity of information that agencies must manage”, the U.S. government plans to develop a “21st-century framework” for records management, citing the following benefits:
- performance improvement
- the promotion of openness and accountability by better documenting agency actions and decisions
- lower costs
- better management of records (fewer lost records) and easier to use and share
- reduction in redundant efforts
All of these benefits apply in the private corporate context as well. In any event, if the U.S. government can prioritize and execute defensible records management, your organization can too.