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Record management 101, Part 1: Consider these principles

Jacki Cheslow (j.cheslow@ieee.org) is Global Compliance Program Leader for New York City-based The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Incorporated.

The relationship between compliance and record and information management (RIM) is growing, and in some instances, RIM is being merged into compliance programs. So it is important for compliance professionals, at a minimum, to have an understanding of the basic tenets of RIM and the risks of poor RIM practices versus the benefits of good RIM practices. In this first part of a two-part series, we’ll be exploring the importance of a well-designed RIM program and how you can assess your own program (or create one) accordingly.

A great starting point for those interested in learning more is ARMA International’s Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles®[1] (Principles). ARMA International is a global association of record, information management, and information governance professionals focused on creating standards and guidelines for managing information and records throughout their life cycle. The Principles are designed to provide organizations with a standard of conduct for governing information and give compliance professionals the guidelines by which to judge (or base) their record and information programs on. We will look at them in more detail, but let’s first take a moment to consider the scope of the RIM challenge most organizations are facing today.

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