ARMA International Announces Latest Innovation in Information Governance

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The Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles® Can Now Be Measured Within Your Organization

The GARP® Assessment will be a valuable weapon in any organization’s arsenal, allowing them to take the pulse of a single department, a division, or the entire organization."

The explosion in the quantity and types of electronic records has many organizations scrambling to get their hands around their information governance. The new GARP® Assessment is a powerful tool that will help an organization comprehensively assess their information governance practices.

Conforming with GARP® assures the organization that its:

  •     Information will be protected against loss. Its critical records will be backed up, protected, and easily accessible, allowing it to continue business in the event of a disaster.
  •     Information will be available when needed. The organization will have systems and processes in place that will enable it to locate, retrieve, and disseminate information to the right people at the right time so it can be used for decision making, transacting business, and responding to litigation.
  •     Information will be retained as required and disposed of when no longer required. The organization will have a records retention schedule that will ensure that information is being retained to meet its operational, legal, regulatory, and historical requirements and that it is disposed of in the normal course of business when its required retention has been met.
  •     External investigation and litigation obligations can be met easily. Processes will be in place that ensures all information that is relevant to litigation or regulatory investigation can be located, placed on legal hold to ensure its availability and integrity, and produced when needed.

The GARP® Assessment is an evaluation of more than 100 attributes of information governance an organization can deploy to determine how it measures up against the GARP® Principles. The Assessment is organized by each GARP® Principle to help determine the organization’s individual principle scores, leading to an overall GARP® Assessment Score.

“The GARP® Assessment will be a valuable weapon in any organization’s arsenal, allowing them to take the pulse of a single department, a division, or the entire organization and providing results that will assist in moving an organizational information governance program forward,” said Marilyn Bier, Executive Director, ARMA International.

How do you stack up? Find out! The GARP® Assessment will be available for purchase in April 2012.

About ARMA International

ARMA International ( is a not-for-profit professional association and the authority on managing records and information. Formed in 1955, ARMA International is the oldest and largest association for the records and information management profession with a current international membership of nearly 10,000. It provides education, publications, and information on the efficient maintenance, retrieval, and preservation of vital information created in public and private organizations in all sectors of the economy. It also publishes the award-winning Information Management magazine.

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