Presidential Memorandum - Managing Government Records

This forum is offered in response to the Presidential Memorandum - Managing Government Records, which was issued on November 28, 2011 and directs agencies to develop a 21st-century framework for records management.

This move will save taxpayer dollars, promote accountability, and increase government transparency, delivering on a commitment the President made in September 2011 when the White House put forward the Open Government Partnership: National Action Plan for the United States

"The current federal records management system is based on an outdated approach involving paper and filing cabinets. Today’s action will move the process into the digital age so the American public can have access to clear and accurate information about the decisions and actions of the Federal Government,” said President Obama.

This action marks the start of an executive branch-wide effort to reform records management policies and practices. In the memorandum, the President requires each executive agency to report the name of a senior agency official who will supervise an agency-wide evaluation of its records management programs. These evaluations, which are to be completed in 120 days, are to focus on electronic records, including email and social media.

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