Federal Records Management

University of Maryland Recordkeeping survey

A Survey and Report on Federal Government Agencies' Recordkeeping Policy and Practices

December 19, 2005

This report presents the results of the Electronic Records Management Best Practices Survey developed by the Center for Information Policy at University of Maryland with partial funding from the National Archives and Records Administration. The survey collected data primarily from twenty-one federal government agencies, two state government agencies, and one private sector organization regarding their individual policies and practices for electronic records management. The report provides information about the state of electronic records management in federal agencies; describes barriers to improving the management of electronic records; recommends strategies to improve management at the desktop; suggests approaches to strengthen NARA's role; and makes recommendations for future research based on questions that arose during the course of the study.

In addition, NARA has prepared the following review of this report: