Records Management Refresher Training

Records and Records Management

Records and Non-records

44 U.S.C. 3301 on a clipboard Legal Definition of a Record

The definition of a federal record refers to materials regardless of physical form:

A record includes all books, papers, maps, photographs, machine‐readable materials or other documentary materials, regardless of physical form or characteristics, made or received by an agency of the United States Government under Federal law or in connection with the transaction of public business and preserved or appropriate for preservation by that agency or its legitimate successor as evidence of the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations or other activities of the Government or because of the informational value of the data in them. (44 U.S.C. 3301)

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