September 3, 2010
Follow-up Audit on Retention and Management of the Department of Energy's Electronic Records
The Department of Energy is required by statute (44 USC Chapter 31) to establish and maintain an effective records management program that comports with regulations established by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The Department's employees and contractors have increasingly relied on electronic mail (e-mail) and other electronic records as a primary means of performing their duties. A comprehensive records management program ensures that records documenting agency business are created or captured, organized and maintained to facilitate their use and available when needed. To aid in this process, records management software (application) can be used to facilitate preservation, retrieval, use, and disposition of records. In light of Federal requirements, in February 2006 the Department developed policies to guide the implementation and maintenance of a cost-effective records management program.
Topic: Management & Administration