AHIMA Joins Coalition to Improve Information Governance in Federal Offices

AHIMA is part of a newly formed group of non-profit and advisory organizations seeking to improve information governance practices and modernize records management processes in federal agencies.

The collective, called the Coalition for Public Sector Information Governance Leadership, includes among its members:

  • The Information Governance Initiative
  • The Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM)
  • ARMA International
  • The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID)
  • Professional Records and Information Services Management (PRISM International)
  • The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)


“With the support of the private sector, we believe that federal agencies will be better able to meet their legal and regulatory responsibilities with regard to managing information,” said Liz Icenogle, Director of Government Affairs at ARMA International, in a statement.

Those legal and regulatory responsibilities include complying with President Obama’s 2011 Managing Government Records Memorandum and the 2012 implementing directive issued jointly by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The White House mandates require federal agencies to manage both permanent and temporary e-mail records in an electronically accessible format by the end of 2016, as well as by the end of 2019 to preserve all of the government’s permanent electronic records created after that date in a digital format for transfer to NARA, according to a group statement.

“Beyond just facilitating a transition to a digital government, we want to increase awareness about the benefits of creating an information governance mindset and standards of conduct with respect to records and information management policies and procedures,” Icenogle added.

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