Where does Records Management come from?

In short Records Management is no new thing. In 1947 the State’s legislature implemented the first state records management program to assist state agencies in managing records. This legislation turned the power over to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) to manage and assist local government/state agencies in compliance with these laws. The legislation even gave authority to the State Auditor to ensure complete compliance from state agencies.

Each local government/state agency is responsible for total compliance with the laws as well as a responsibility to update and maintain a Records Retention Schedule. Individual agencies are encouraged to create their own representatives, departments, etc. to personalize a records management program to fit the needs of the individual state agency.

For more information on the Records Management Laws, TSLAC or the State and Local Records Management Division (SLRM) you can visit their website.

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