NARA Drops the DoD 5015.2; ‘Information Governance’ is Now ‘Data Lifecycle Management’; and ARMA Continues Its Support of the War on Records Management

There’s been a whirlwind of important activity in records management over the last couple of weeks. I can’t possibly discuss each new development in individual articles, so I am going to try to address everything briefly in this one post. Here goes. NARA DoD 5105.2 Endorsement Revoked First the good news. After a quarter of … More NARA Drops the DoD 5015.2; ‘Information Governance’ is Now ‘Data Lifecycle Management’; and ARMA Continues Its Support of the War on Records Management

A Records Management Professional Submits a FOIA Request

As a long-time Federal records management consultant, I have supported Freedom of Information Act request processing for many years. In all my time dealing with FOIA, I have never come across a request that I thought was written in a way that would prevent the government from interrupting it in a manner that would allow … More A Records Management Professional Submits a FOIA Request

The Fifth Lie

Last year I published a widely-read series of articles I called “The Four Lies Destroying Records Management.” In this post, I will discuss the fifth – and most destructive – lie, “Information Governance.”   ___________________ For thousands of years, records management professionals have provided their customers with the same vitally important service: we efficiently manage … More The Fifth Lie

The Four Lies Destroying Records Management – Lie #4: Records vs Non-Records

Years ago, when I was still somewhat new to records management and I was struggling to form my own understanding of the information lifecycle, I was working as a consultant and technical sales rep for a small software vendor that created and sold an ‘enterprise records management application’. The bulk of our customer base were … More The Four Lies Destroying Records Management – Lie #4: Records vs Non-Records

The Four Lies Destroying Records Management – Lie #3: Security vs Access

A few weeks after the discovery of the Sunburst data breach the BBC interviewed Brian Lord, the former deputy director of cyber-operations at the UK intelligence agency GCHQ. Mr. Lord agreed that the cyber-attack that compromised multiple US Federal agencies, including the Departments of Treasury, State, Homeland Security, and Energy, was a devastating loss of government information. However, … More The Four Lies Destroying Records Management – Lie #3: Security vs Access

The Four Lies Destroying Records Management – Lie #1: Information vs Data

Given that effective records management – executed in good faith – is the sole means of holding our most powerful institutions accountable for their behavior, these same institutions have been waging a brutal war on the records management profession for nearly two decades. And sadly, they are winning, as evidenced by the swirling information chaos … More The Four Lies Destroying Records Management – Lie #1: Information vs Data

“Information Governance” and the Continuing War on Records Management

Six years ago this month I published this opinion piece in IQ – The RIM Quarterly Magazine for records management professionals in Australia and Asia (reprinted with permission): Records Management, Information Governance, and the Future of Information Lifecycle Management. Go ahead and read it. I’ll wait. At the time I published that article, my dire … More “Information Governance” and the Continuing War on Records Management

Some Thoughts on My Critics, ARMA and the State of Records and Information Management

A recent post to the Records Management ListServ group I made has sparked a lot of (mostly offline) discussion.  I’ve received some very kind, supportive emails from several people in the records management community, and for that I am grateful. I’ve also received some less-than-kind emails from folks outside the records management community – and … More Some Thoughts on My Critics, ARMA and the State of Records and Information Management