What is Records Management?
Records management means the planning, controlling,
directing, organizing, training, promoting, and other managerial activities involved with
respect to records creation, maintenance, use, and disposition in order to achieve
adequate and proper documentation of the policies and transactions of the Federal
Government and effective and economical management of agency operations.
Objectives of Records Management
- Accurately and completely document the policies and
transactions of the Federal Government.
- Control the quantity and quality of records produced by the
- Establish and maintain mechanisms of control with respect to
records creation in order to prevent the creation of unnecessary records and with respect
to the effective and economical operations of an agency.
- Simplify the activities, systems, and processes of records
creation and of records maintenance and use.
- Preserve and dispose of records in accordance with the
- Direct continuing attention to records from their initial
creation to their final disposition, with particular emphasis on the prevention of
unnecessary Federal paperwork.
- Establish and maintain any other systems or techniques NARA
determines to be necessary to carry out an effective and efficient Records Management
NIH Training - Introduction to Records Management
HHS Records Management Information