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FAQ: How long do we keep expunction orders?

Picture this: you’ve gathered up all the records subject to an expunction order and you’re ready to return, destroy or redact them as directed by the court. Then you look at the expunction order. It identifies the person in the order and it’s a government record. What do you do with it? Based on how…

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FAQ: What does “obsolete” mean on the retention schedules?

When you read TSLAC’s local government retention schedules (“local schedules”), you may notice the word “obsolete” pops up in lots of different places. Some folks ask us what we mean when we say obsolete. Obsolete generally refers to a record that is no longer active. How your records management program must treat an obsolete record…

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FAQ: Are text messages records? (redux)

It’s been almost 6 years since we addressed this question originally. In that time, the popularity of text messaging (“texting”) has skyrocketed while awareness that text messages (“texts”) are potentially government records has increased very little. Here we go again! The definition of a government record in Texas is media neutral. A record is defined…

e-Records 2016 Conference Sessions Recap: “Process Mapping as a Best Practice” and “Email Redactions Made Easy”

This is the third post of a multi-part recap of the 2016 e-Records Conference. Presentation materials from the conference are available on the e-Records 2016 website. 1. At the Intersection of Technology and Records Management 2. “Accessing the Texas Digital Archive” and “Enterprise Information Management in Sharepoint 2016” 3. “Process Mapping as a Best Practice” and “Email…

FAQ: What is a Countywide RMO?

If you work in a county government, you might have heard us use the phrase countywide RMO. Today’s topic is about who the countywide records management officer (RMO) is and what they do. The commissioners court designates an individual to serve as the countywide RMO. That person then serves as the RMO for all the county’s…

FAQ: What do “filed” and “recorded” mean on Local Schedule CC?

Get ready county clerks, because this post is just for you… A common question posed to the analysts here at TSLAC concerns the difference between records series on Local Schedule CC that look nearly identical but have different retention periods. A good example is series CC1400-11 and CC1400-10. Both are for deputation records, but only…

FAQ: Do I have to keep copies of records I produced to fulfill a public information request?

Recently TSLAC has received a flurry of questions from state agencies and local governments about retaining records related to public information requests. Some people have asked if the government must make extra copies of the requested records and retain the extra copies with the correspondence and documentation that initiates, processes, and responds to the request. The answer is…