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Bob, thank you for pointing out that when state (and all other) governments
enact laws (and make agency rules) that require organizations to make and
keep records, they do not clearly specify the retentions in any way.  It
bugs me too that laws are not written to a template so that the retention
requirements, if any, are in one section or set apart by "Retention
Requirement: the PDQ report form shall be kept by whoever for however many
units of time after defining event" so the burden of research on every
organization with a records management program is lifted.  Then amendments
to the recordkeeping requirements are put in the same section.

Maybe laws should be redrafted by process analysts, technical writers or
engineers.

Lorinda Kasten-Lowerre
Records Analyst
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Torrance, California, USA
Member  ARMA, The Association for Information Management Professionals
Membership Chair/Secretary Orange County CA ARMA Chapter
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