Next Generation Records Management Comes to the US Federal Government

Fed RM 5Even the most vigilant observer of records management trends could be forgiven for not noticing, but over the last year or so, a revolution has come to Federal agency records management.

This revolution has been a long time coming and the seeds of change were probably first planted more than seven years ago with the Obama administration’s release of thePresidential Memorandum on Managing Government Records, as well as the resulting NARA/OMB joint memorandum M-12-18, which provided both a strategy and a set of agency deadlines for complying with the Presidential Memorandum.

The Universal Electronic Records Management Requirements

But despite the Presidential Memorandum and M-12-18, things really didn’t heat up until earlier this year with NARA’s profile-image-500somewhat surprising release of their Universal Electronic Records Management Requirements (UERM), a simplified, broadly defined set of high-level program and functional requirements for managing electronic records at all Federal agencies.

The UERM requirements…

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