Iron Mountain: 85% of Federal Record Mgrs On Board With WH Initiative

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Eighty-five percent of records managers support President Obama’s memorandum on records management and 83 percent believe it will succeed, according to an Iron Mountain survey.

The Boston-based information management and consulting firm said it conducted the survey in anticipation of a July 31 directive expected to come from the White House and the National Archives and Records Administration.

“The directive encourages federal agencies to take the necessary steps to make those changes, including developing a strategic plan, collaborating with key stakeholders, embracing new technology, committing to training and education, and aligning with industry partners, all helping to shape the future of records management,” said Sue Trombley, managing director of consulting.

Of the 100 federal workers surveyed by KRC Research, 93 percent said their agencies have prioritized improving records management processes.

Regarding current records management practices, all indicated they were “strong” in protecting records and 97 percent said they were “strong” when it came to complying with the Federal Records Act.

However, 9 percent reported being “very strong” in using cloud computing applications and 51 percent said they were comfortable in their ability to store and manage electronic data.

Among top concerns for records managers, 71 percent cited a need for training as their top concern, with 68 percent naming staff and 61 percent saying budget resources as additional worries.

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