Guest Blog: Preparedness Awareness

Contributing Author: Normel ChatmonRecords Analyst Fort Bend ISD Police Department September is National Preparedness Month. However, for some local governments, being prepared may be challenging—especially in the records world and specifically, in ISD police department records. So the question to all of Texas independent school district police departments: is your records management department prepared for…

Off the Record: Unlawful Disposition

Tune in monthly for a curated collection of articles we found interesting on a broad range of topics, some which are directly related to records management and others which might share common themes. No, we didn’t write these articles—hence the name of this series, “Off the Record”—but fortunately, we didn’t need to in order to…

Disposition 101 Webinar Now Available

We are very excited to announce the newly revamped Disposition 101 webinar, which is now available on our website along with several other free records management webinars and supplemental resources. Check out the Disposition 101 webinar page for the video recording, handouts and a certificate of completion. This webinar is for state agency and local…

RIM Month Fun: Memes

SLRM likes to make a fun post every April to celebrate RIM month. In the past, we’ve done Emoji Retention and RIM Mad Libs. It’s been a difficult RIM Month 2020 – with event cancellations, folks working from home, and everyone figuring out new workflows to serve Texans. We could all use a mirthful chuckle…

COVID-19 Records and How Long to Keep Them

[Updated 7/6/2020]: On July 2, 2020, the U.S. Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued guidance requiring that all Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant documentation be retained for 5 years. Visit the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s website for more information about CARES funds. The analysts here at TSLAC have been getting…

Personnel File Bucketing

The Personnel File: Retention & Best Practices

Every state agency and local government creates and maintains employee records.  Often maintained in individual files for each employee, the personnel file is added to regularly throughout its active life, and it may often be consulted during its long inactive life.  We create and use personnel records to hire, re-hire, train, evaluate, compensate, address grievances,…

New Year’s Cleanup

You don’t have to – and probably shouldn’t! – use the trendy KonMari method of cleaning and organizing when it comes to managing government records. We can’t exactly apply the principle of whether or not a record ‘sparks joy’, because if that were the case, the public would be very upset about how much we…