Federal Records Managers are racing against a ticking clock. President Obama issued the Presidential Memorandum for Managing Government Records on November 28, 2011, directing all branches to respond with a plan to modernize their agency’s records and information management program. Their thoughtful response and plan is due on March 27th.
This Memorandum has thrust records and information management into the national spotlight and the role of a Records Manager is recognized as a critical function. The initiative has received a positive response from the records management community but their enthusiasm is tempered by the enormity of the challenge and quick turnaround time for a response to the Memo. As programs are evaluated and new practices considered, looking at mature programs in the private industry will offer unique insights and help with a thoughtful response in a short timeframe.
Iron Mountain’s lead consultant, Sue Trombley, has worked extensively with both the public and private sectors. She has over 25 years of experience in enterprise information management strategy, email management strategy, and electronic records roadmap development. She has recently published an article on the challenges faced by the government as they modernize their records and information management programs and offers guidelines for success. Please reach out to Iron Mountain to discuss these insights and practical advice.
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