Selected Standards & Guidelines

This list includes documents entitled “standards” and “guidelines” as well as other documents, resources and links of a similar nature entitled “statements,” “rules,” and “criteria.” The intent of this list is to provide standards and guidelines for individuals involved in Records Management and Information Governance and is updated regularly.

Information Governance is an organization’s coordinated, interdisciplinary approach to satisfying information compliance requirements and managing information risks while optimizing information value. – The Sedona Conference®



ISO Standards for Records and Information Management


Primary US Regulatory Rules, Laws & Agencies

Managing Government Records Directive – Office of the President

Infogov Regulatory Agencies

Information Commissioner’s Office


Primary Regulatory Bodies – Email Retention

Telecommunications: FCC – Title 47, Part 42
Healthcare: HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
Defense: DOD – 5015.2 Standard
Investment Advisors: SEC Rule 204-2 (Books and Records Retention)


International Resources


Weblogs & ListServes


USC / Code of Federal Regulations

5 U.S.C. Chapter 5, Subchapter II – Administrative Procedure§ 552. Public information; agency rules, opinions, orders, records, and proceedings
(Freedom of Information Act, as amended)
§ 552a. Records maintained on individuals
(Privacy Act of 1974, as amended)
§ 553. Rule making
(Administrative Procedure Act)
18 U.S.C. Chapter 101 – Records and Reports
§ 2071. Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally
18 U.S.C. Chapter 121 – Stored Wire and Electronic Communications and Transactional Records Access
(Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986)
28 U.S.C. Chapter 115 – Evidence; Documentary
§ 1732. Record made in regular course of business; photographic copies
(Uniform Photographic Copies of Business and Public Records as Evidence Act (UPA))
31 U.S.C. Chapter 11 – The Budget and Fiscal, Budget, and Program Information
(Budget and Accounting Procedures Act of 1950)
40 U.S.C. Subtitle III – Information Technology Management
(Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996, also known as the Information Technology Management Reform Act of 1996)
44 U.S.C. Chapter 21 – National Archives and Records Administration
44 U.S.C. Chapter 29 – Records Management by the Archivist of the United States and by the Administrator of General Services
44 U.S.C. Chapter 31 – Records Management by Federal Agencies
(Federal Records Act)
44 U.S.C. Chapter 33 – Disposal of Records
(Federal Records Disposal Act)
44 U.S.C. Chapter 35 – Coordination of Federal Information Policy
(Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980, as amended; Paperwork Reduction Reauthorization Act of 1995; and Government Paperwork Elimination Act)
5 CFR Chapter III, Subchapter B – OMB Directives
Part 1320. Controlling Paperwork Burdens on the Public
36 CFR Chapter XII, Subchapter B – Records ManagementPart 1220. Federal Records; General
Part 1222. Creation and Maintenance of Federal Records
Part 1223. Managing Vital Records
Part 1224. Records Disposition Program
Part 1225. Scheduling Records
Part 1226. Implementing Disposition
Part 1227. General Records Schedule
Part 1228. Loan of Permanent and Unscheduled Records
Part 1229. Emergency Authorization to Destroy Records
Part 1230. Unlawful or Accidental removal, Defacing, Alteration, or Destruction of Records
Part 1231. Transfer of Records from the Custody of One Executive Agency to Another
Part 1232. Transfer of Records to Records Storage Facilities
Part 1233. Transfer, Use, and Disposition of Records in a NARA Federal Records Center
Part 1234. Facility Standards for Records Storage Facilities
Part 1235. Transfer of Records to the National Archives of the United States
Part 1236. Electronic Records Management
Part 1237. Audiovisual, Cartographic, and Related Records Management
Part 1238. Microform Records Management
Part 1239. Program Assistance and Inspections
Data Security and Privacy Laws
New York

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