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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…

FAQ: Questions to Consider Before Asking for a New Series

We were recently asked by a state agency records manager for some questions that they could pass along to other agency staff (including non-records specialists) to arm them with important considerations to make before they request a new record series. You may or may not know that part of our job as analysts is to…

What needs to be addressed in an E-Records Management Policy

Recently, many questions have been raised about how to establish a electronic records (e-records) management policy. One of the main questions we’ve received is what is covered within an e-records management policy. An e-records management policy enhances the organization’s policy on information management and storage.  A well-crafted policy should address the following: Specify which e-records…

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FAQ: How Do I Calculate Fiscal Year?

Establishing a fiscal year is imperative to the disposal of certain records i.e. financial records. The fiscal year may vary between government offices and state agencies.  In building this tool, I used the months of August and September as planning factors in order to align the tools with the fiscal year end of state agencies and local…

FAQ: State Records Center

Frequently Asked Questions, and Some Questions that have never been asked about the State Records Center. Here are the answers to some of the FAQs I get from customers and some others that I just made up. How many records do you store there? This answer changes every time I hear the “Kerplunk” of the…

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…