Need I say more?
Unfortunately, the answer in Government is probably yes. The whole idea of archiving in the days of inexpensive data storage and bandwith borders on the ridiculous.The fact that the number one idea on this site is appointing another human to head up another program at each agency simply highlights failed Government management techniques and outdated paradigms. There are MANY commercial, off the shelf solutions available to solve the this problem (EDM, BPM, etc). Google it. I hate to say it, but I think the recession, and resulting delay in boomer retirement are key factors preventing new ideas in Government as well as implementation of existing techolgies that will eventually power massive productivity gains.