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Records Schedule

A document providing mandatory instructions for what to do with records no longer needed for current Government business, with provision of authority for the final disposition of records. It is also sometimes called:

  • Records Disposition Schedule;
  • Records Retention Schedule; or
  • Schedule

Two Types of Record Schedules

Agency Records Schedule (NIH)
Agency records schedules governing the disposition of program and administrative records specific to that agency.

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General Records Schedule (GRS)
NARA issued schedules governing the disposition of specified series of administrative or housekeeping records common to several or all Federal agencies. (for example: travel, payroll, personnel)

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Records Storage And Maintenance Facilities

Washington National Records Center (WNRC)
Also referred to as the Federal Records Center, provide temporary storage and also reference service for records that are needed infrequently by the creating agency but are not yet eligible for disposal or transfer to the National Archives. Records stored in a Federal Records Center remain in the legal custody of the creating agency.

National Archives And Records Administration (NARA)
Stores the Federal Government's permanent records, which are also known as the National Archives of the United States. When transferring permanent records to the National Archives, agencies also transfer legal custody of the records. The National Archives takes conservation measures needed to preserve the records and also provides reference service, including service to the creating agency.



Last updated on: 2/12/07

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