US-Präsident Barack Obama hat ein Memorandum veröffentlicht, um das Records Management in der öffentlichen Verwaltung zu modernisieren: Whitehouse, Nov. 28th, 2011. in den letzten Jahren gab es mehrere Records Management Skandale sogar im Präsidentenbüro, für das besondere Records Management Vorgaben existisieren (siehe "Goodbye President Bush").
Präsident Obama führt in seiner Pressenotiz ( http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/11/28/we-cant-wait-president-signs-memorandum-modernize-management-government- ) aus:
Today’s action delivers on a commitment the President made in September 2011 when the White House put forward the Open Government Partnership: National Action Plan for the United States.
“The current federal records management system is based on an outdated approach involving paper and filing cabinets. Today’s action will move the process into the digital age so the American public can have access to clear and accurate information about the decisions and actions of the Federal Government,” said President Obama.
Over the last 10 years, the National Archives and Records Administration has taken in an average of 475 million pages of records per year. Recently there has been significant growth in the volume of electronic records being accessioned, and total archival electronic holdings currently total 142 terabytes. According to a recent report by the National Archivist and Records Administration, agencies have done a poor job of managing the increased volume and diversity of information that come with advances in information technology. Many are unlikely to fully comply with legal requirements under the Federal Records Act. The Records Management Presidential Memorandum responds to this underlying problem.