10 Mar The Quirks and Complexities of Records Schedules and Records Retention, and How They Affect the Digitization Effort
Records schedules are a key element of any governmental records management system. Essentially formalized instructions for the disposition of records, they guide agencies in how to handle records and how long to keep different kinds of records.
Be aware that records schedules can create complications for the digitization effort.
Specifically, records schedules specify how long agencies retain certain records and kinds of information before submitting to the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for long-term or permanent archival. Most record types will be retained for 15 years or less before submittal, but there are exceptions. Some record types may be retained within a government agency for decades (or longer).
Read the full post on our TransAccessDM blog to learn about the quirks and complexities of records schedules and retention.