Accountability through Documentation

Mandate compliance within IT Systems

The Office of Management and Budget should require records identification and compliance with records policy for all deployments of information technology in the federal government. The Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) process should do more than pay lip service to the records status of information managed in federal IT systems. Records Management is a requirement similar to the Section 508 requirements for accessibility. Currently, the CPIC process is biased against ensuring compliance with records management requirements. The process is focused on IT security and on compliance with mandates that are driven by technology. Records Management is riven by business needs and that is something IT managers have no direct understanding of. This is something that can be done but it will require IT managers to listen to and follow the direction of the business leads in agencies. That is something IT managers are not used to doing.

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