I’ve been reading over David Ferriero’s responses to the Senate Committee’s pre-hearing questionnaire (available here), and ran across a statement I thought was worth bringing to your attention. Top of page 25:
Q 45: What is your position on a “retain everything” approach to electronic documents, as opposed to the present system, wherein agency personnel are left to determine what individual items are and are not records as defined under 44 U.S.C. Section 3301?
A: The combination of cheap storage and improving search/harvest algorithms balanced against the vagaries of decision making locally make the “retain everything” approach very attractive.
Heresy? I talked to a smart person at SAA who said something very similar about electronic government records. Feel free to discuss below.