FAQ: Should I adopt TSLAC’s schedules or Create a Custom Schedule?

One of the most critical decisions you must make as a records management officer at a local government is deciding on a schedule for records retention. This schedule gives you the authority to destroy records. In developing your records retention plan, you must choose from the following three options: Forego a records retention schedule and…

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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 Obsolete generally refers to a record that is no longer active.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…

Updates to Juvenile Records Laws

Last year, we were invited to participate in the Juvenile Records Advisory Committee (JRAC), a group composed of prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, court staff, probation officials, and others who are experts in the field of law, especially focused on juveniles in the court system. Our goal was to rewrite Chapter 58 of Texas Family Code,…

Proposed Revisions to Local Schedule SD: We Want Your Feedback!

As part of our effort to maintain up-to-date local government records retention schedules, we are currently working to update Local Schedule SD: Records of Public School Districts. We will be presenting a draft to our Commission at a meeting later this year to begin the Local Schedule approval process, but before we begin the official…

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…

A History of Records Management in Texas

Recently, an RMO who used to work as an analyst for TSLAC contacted us about some materials he had collected from his time here, and wondered if we would like to have them as items of historical interest. Being who we are, we enthusiastically said yes! A box arrived shortly after, an absolute treasure trove…