While an overhaul at the agency level is necessary, I wonder if the units within each agency will be overlooked in the process. My unit is very often overlooked by our governing agency - forgotten at the bottom of the morass. We are trying to follow records management procedures, but feel that our agency and NARA just doesn't seem to care, therefore records management is put on the backburner.
A mandate is all well-and-good, but does nothing if there isn't anything in place to help the units within the agencies. There need to be strictures in place that compel those units to follow records management procedures and then *help* them do it. Otherwise, particularly in this financial climate, no one is actually going to do anything about records management, no matter what some chief records officer, high above, says in an agency-wide email.