Data in every form, including digital and print, is growing at an exponential rate. According to the National Science Foundation, 90 percent of the data in existence today was created in the last two years. This interesting information was found on Federal News Radio in their article, “Data retention & records management.” The Presidential Directive on Managing Government Records, and initiatives such as the Open Data Policy, have begun to address this critical situation, but this is only the beginning.

In 2012, the Presidential Directive on Managing Government Records was issued. This is an unfunded mandate that targets 2019 as the year that federal agencies need to complete their transition to digital records. Some believe that the federal government has reached a critical tipping point in terms of records and information management. What options do the agencies have to position themselves for better management, governance, information access and transparency?

Melody K. Smith

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