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U.S. Federal Agencies Continue to Struggle with Records Management

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U.S federal agencies continue to struggle with properly managing their records, and the changing nature and technology of 21st-century record-keeping could throw a further wrench in the process, according to a story from FederalNewsRadio.com on the recently released annual report from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

Here’s a quick summary of the key findings from the NARA report:

  • Most agencies do not have adequate controls for major activities of their records management programs.
  • Many records management staff have insufficient knowledge and understanding of electronic records, which leads to the continued implementation of poor recordkeeping practices.
  • Nearly a quarter of the respondent agencies do not conduct records management training for their senior officials.

Sound familiar? Lack of oversight, not enough trained staff, and the challenges of the hybrid environment are a perennial challenge for organizations everywhere.

You can read the full story here.

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