Open Government Records Management

This information about how GSA handles records management was made available to help promote transparency about our processes as part of former President Barack Obama's Open Government Initiative.

We require all employees to adhere to the requirements of the Federal Records Management Handbook and The GSA Records Disposition Schedule. These documents, established by and collaborated between GSA and the National Archives and Records Administration, provide instructions and best practices for:

  • promoting proper maintenance of permanent records;
  • categorizing and indexing temporary records for timely disposition;
  • minimizing duplicate records;
  • finding and using records in all media, including electronic; and
  • transferring records of permanent historical or archival value to the National Archives.

GSA Orders on Records Management

1820.1 OAS P GSA Records Management Program
This order completes the revision of the entire handbook, GSA Records Maintenance and Disposition System (OAD P 1820.2A)

CIO 2160.2B GSA Electronic Messaging and Related Services [PDF - 110 KB]
This directive addresses security, appropriate use, and recordkeeping of the GSA Enterprise Messaging Services in a cloud-based environment.

Last Reviewed: 2021-06-04