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Enforcement Critical To Corporate Records Programs

Jordan Brad | March 13, 2003

Corporate records management is not about policies, procedures, retention schedules and inventory and email control software.

It's about enforcement that is consistent, systematic and defendable.

With the rapid and very public evaporation of the venerable Arthur Andersen company, we have seen how a multi-billion dollar firm can be put out of business because of lapses in corporate records enforcement — lapses that are actually very commonplace in most companies.

Stepped Up Accountability

Since the passing of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the federal government has stepped up the accountability for consistently enforced records management programs. Executives can no longer ignore or delegate records management responsibilities to staff and shield themselves from fines or prison if records are selectively retained or destroyed.

Many companies may already have records policies...

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