Washington, D.C. of counsel Jason R. Baron wrote an article titled, “President Signs Law Modernizing Federal Information Management Practices,” in ARMA International. The article discussed the details of H.R. 1233, the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014, which was signed by President Obama on November 26, 2014. The new law contains a number of important provisions aimed at modernizing and improving the recordkeeping and information management practices at federal departments and agencies. It also aims to streamline the manner in which executive privilege claims are processed, as part of the process for opening up presidential records of former administrations.
The law contains a number of miscellaneous provisions representing welcome revisions to the Federal Records Act, as originally acted in 1950.