New Coalition Seeks to Bring Private Sector Best Practices to Federal Records Management Reforms

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A group of not-for-profit and think tank organizations representing the information management and governance community today announced the establishment of the Coalition for Public Sector Information Governance Leadership.

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With the support of the private sector, we believe that federal agencies will be better able to meet their legal and regulatory responsibilities with regard to managing information,” said Liz Icenogle, Director of Government Affairs at ARMA International.

A group of not-for-profit and think tank organizations representing the information management and governance community today announced the establishment of the Coalition for Public Sector Information Governance Leadership. The Coalition will seek to support the federal government’s efforts to modernize its records management infrastructure and implement information governance practices that have proved effective in the private sector.

The coalition is comprised of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM), ARMA International, the Information Governance Initiative (IGI), the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), and Professional Records and Information Services Management (PRISM International).

“With the support of the private sector, we believe that federal agencies will be better able to meet their legal and regulatory responsibilities with regard to managing information,” said Liz Icenogle, Director of Government Affairs at ARMA International. “Beyond just facilitating a transition to a digital government, we want to increase awareness about the benefits of creating an information governance mindset and standards of conduct with respect to records and information management policies and procedures.”

The coalition will provide resources and training to agency officials and federal practitioners as they work to manage their information governance practices, especially those requirements contained in the President's 2011 Managing Government Records Memorandum and the 2012 implementing directive issued jointly by NARA and OMB. In particular, the 2012 Directive requires federal agencies to manage both permanent and temporary e-mail records in an electronically accessible format by the end of 2016, as well as by the end of 2019 to preserve all of the government's permanent electronic records created after that date in a digital format for transfer to NARA. The Coalition will also provide a forum for the practitioners to learn more about the private-sector best practices from industry leaders. Future efforts may also involve education and training of state and local professionals working on public sector information governance challenges.

"The Information Governance Initiative enthusiastically supports the mission of the Coalition, which includes assisting the National Archives and federal agencies in their efforts to transform federal recordkeeping practices in the digital age,” said Jason R. Baron, Co-Chair, IGI. “We thank ARMA International for organizing the Coalition and look forward to actively participating.”

About AHIMA

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) represents more than 71,000 health information management and health informatics professionals in the United States and around the world. AHIMA is committed to promoting and advocating for research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. http://www.ahima.org

About ARMA International

ARMA International is a not-for-profit professional association and the authority on governing information as a strategic asset. The association was established in 1955. Its approximately 27,000+ members include records and information managers, information governance professionals, archivists, corporate librarians, imaging specialists, legal professionals, IT managers, consultants, and educators, all of whom work in a wide variety of industries, including government, legal, healthcare, financial services, and petroleum in the United States, Canada, and more than 30 other countries around the globe. http://www.arma.org

About AIIM

AIIM believes that the information systems we use at work should be simple, secure, and available anywhere, anytime, and on any device. Our mission is to improve organizational performance by empowering a community of leaders committed to information-driven innovation. Founded in 1943, AIIM builds on a strong heritage of research and member service. Today, AIIM is a global, non-profit organisation that provides independent research, education and certification programs to information professionals. AIIM represents the entire information management community, with programs and content for practitioners, technology suppliers, integrators and consultants. http://www.aiim.org

About IGI

The Information Governance Initiative (IGI) is a cross-disciplinary consortium and think tank dedicated to advancing the adoption of Information Governance practices and technologies through research, publishing, advocacy and peer-to-peer networking. The IGI publishes research, benchmarking surveys, and guidance for practitioners that is freely available on its website. The IGI is a place for practitioners from all facets of IG to come together and learn from each other. The IGI was founded by recognized leaders in the field of Information Governance, and is supported by leading providers of Information Governance products and services. iginitiative.com

About NAID

NAID is the international trade association for companies providing information destruction services. Suppliers of products, equipment and services to destruction companies are also eligible for membership. NAID's mission is to promote the information destruction industry and the standards and ethics of its member companies. http://www.naidonline.org

About PRISM International

PRISM International is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade association based in Chicago, Illinois and Brussels, Belgium. The Mission of PRISM International is to be an essential business resource for member companies, their employees, and the marketplace in the global information management industry through education, advocacy, industry promotion and networking. Our vision is to be the global advocate for safeguarding physical and digital information by serving organizations who provide information management services. PRISM International members operate in more than 60 countries around the world and offer multiple services, including offsite records and information storage and management, data protection and media vaulting, imaging, secure destruction and shredding, information management consulting, disaster recovery services, index and inventory services, retrieval and refile services, and more. http://www.prismintl.org

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