Federal Agencies Managing Information as a Strategic Resource

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Published: August 10, 2016 by Dr. Pat Franks

On July 28, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget released a revision of OMB Circular A-130, Managing Information as a Strategic Resource. If you’re a member of ARMA International, you’ll be pleased to know that the organization made a number of recommendations to the initial proposed revisions in a November 2015 comment letter, some of which were integrated into this document. 

According to an ARMA press release, “The final policy revisions include ARMA-recommended requirements that records management and retention and disposition requirements be fully incorporated into IT lifecycle processes an stages.”  One requirement of OMB Circular A-130  (section 5, h, 1) is that the agency designate a senior agency official for records management (SAORM) who will have agency-wide responsibility for records management.  Another requirement (section 5, h, 8) is that the agency will provide training and guidance, as appropriate, to all agency employees and contractors regarding their Federal records management responsibilities.