The Federal Records Act requires that records pertaining to policy mst be reteined in perpetuity.
Originally Posted by iguanaman
I suppose reccords of wrongdoing are not covered.
In the course of executing their missions, all federal departments and agencies create federal
records. Federal records are defined in the Federal Records Act (FRA)1
to include “all books,
papers, maps, photographs, machine readable materials, or other documentary materials,
regardless of physical form or characteristics … in connection with the transaction of public
The FRA requires federal departments and agencies to collect, retain, and preserve
their records—thus providing Congress, the executive branch, and the public with a history of
public-policy execution and its results.3
The FRA, as amended, requires agencies to “make and preserve” records that document the
“organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations, or other activities of the
Agencies are to use “standards, procedures, and techniques designed to improve
the management of records, promote the maintenance and security of records deemed appropriate
for preservation, and facilitate the segregation and disposal of records of temporary value.”