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,…

Selling Records Management to Your Supervisor

Whether you are new to records management or an experienced records management officer, you all face or have faced the following question: “How do I make records management relevant in my office?” Depending on your office environment, knowing when and how to talk to your office leadership about records management can be challenging. Your peers…

Revised Local Schedule PS – Effective December 8, 2016

A new edition of Local Schedule PS – Records of Public Safety Agencies – is effective today, December 8, 2016. The revised schedule was published for adoption in the December 2, 2016 issue of the Texas Register. The new schedule supersedes the 3rd edition. You can find the new edition on our Local Retention Schedules…

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…

RIM Month- Records Management Mad Libs!

As you probably already know, April is RIM Month as well as National Poetry Month. In honor of these glorious topics, we decided to kick up our heels a bit and create some light-hearted posts featuring records management-inspired poetry and now some fun mad libs to add some humor to an already hilarious field. I don’t…

FAQ: What do you do with a separated employee’s emails?

FAQ: What do you do with a separated employee’s emails?

What do you do with a separated employee’s emails?   When an employee leaves or is separated from the agency, you probably have a checklist of things that need to be done in order to close everything out for them. Hopefully, one of those things includes reviewing and transferring emails and if it doesn’t, it…

FAQ: What is Routine or Transitory Email?

In our last blog post about managing email, we looked at some examples and discussed the differences between Administrative and General Correspondence. Hopefully our brief examples helped you match your own correspondence to each of those series. The main thing about managing email that we want you to take away is that it’s always about…

Records Management Spotlight On: Dallas ISD

Do you have a records management success story that you would like to share?  Email us at slrminfo@tsl.texas.gov and you could be featured on our blog! When Chris Stone began working for Dallas Independent School District in 1999, the records center was located on the sixth floor of an old Proctor and Gamble soap factory. …