The IGI is proud to announce that they have joined with leading non-profit and industry think tank organizations to form the new Coalition for Public Sector Information Governance Leadership. The Coalition will work to support the federal government’s efforts to modernize its records management infrastructure and implement information governance (IG) practices that have proven effective in the private sector.
Federal agencies are currently working to implement the initiatives outlined in the President's 2011 Managing Government Records Memorandum and the 2012 implementing directive issued jointly by NARA and OMB. By the end of 2016, agencies must manage both permanent and temporary e-mail records in an electronically accessible format. Starting in 2019, agencies must preserve all of the government's permanent electronic records in a digital format for transfer to NARA. These efforts are important to helping the federal government function more efficiently and to protect the privacy of the government’s constituency. The IGI is proud support for these efforts.
Joining the IGI in the coalition are the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM), ARMA International, the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), and Professional Records and Information Services Management (PRISM International). Together, the coalition will work to together to provide a strong resource for records management and IG efforts in the federal government.
"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.”
The coalition will support the federal government in a variety of ways.
- Private sector best practices that can be applied to the challenging world of the public sector, allowing federal agencies to leverage the lessons hard won by private sector IG professionals.
- Forums to allow IG professionals in the federal government to work together to discuss what has worked, and what hasn’t, in their organizations.
- Training for IG professionals to help them navigate their way to full compliance with the federal directives.
The IGI is proud to be part of this effort to help IG efforts in the federal government. There is a lot of potential for both the private and public sector to learn from each other and the formation of the coalition is a strong step in creating a more universal approach to IG.