Records Disposition

In addition to storing your records and making them accessible when needed, Federal Records Centers (FRC) actively manage their disposition. This section gives an overview of the processes for disposing of records at the end of their retention schedule, accessioning records into the National Archives, and updating disposal authorities.


Disposition Notifications

 

When the disposition date of your agency's records is approaching, the FRC will send you the appropriate notice as described below.

Disposition of Temporary Records
FRCs will send the Notice of Eligibility for Disposal, NA Form 13001or an equivalent (cover letter and eligible transfer listing), to you 90 days before scheduled destruction of your agency's records. Please contact the Transfer and Disposition staff from the FRC that sent you the notice if you have any questions.

When you return the signed disposal notice the FRC will destroy the records as scheduled. Since your agency still owns the records stored at the FRC, the center will not destroy any of your records without your agency's written approval.

Adherence to retention schedules is good records management, saves your agency money in storage costs, and conforms with Federal regulations. Therefore, the FRC strongly recommends that you review each disposal notice carefully and in a timely manner. If your agency does not concur with the disposal, you must provide a justification for non-concurrence, sign and date the form, and return it to the appropriate FRC.

Disposition of Contingent Records

Each October, FRCs mail the Agency Review for Contingent Disposal, NA Form 13000, (www.archives.gov/frc/forms/na-13000.pdf) or an equivalent (cover letter and contingent transfer listing), to agency customers. At this time you should review the status of your agency's contingent records to determine if a particular action or event (upon which the destruction of the records is contingent) has occurred. If this is the case, sign and return the form to your local FRC, indicating approval of disposal and disposal date. If the contingent records should not be destroyed, sign, date, and return the form, and indicate a new review date.

Accessioning of Permanent Records (see Definition)
When permanent records stored at the records center are scheduled for accessioning into the National Archives, you will receive a Transfer Request (TR) generated from the National Archives Electronic Records Archive (ERA) system (http://www.archives.gov/era/about/).


Updating Disposal Authorities

 

Over time, records schedules are subject to change, and this can affect how long your records should be kept. When this happens, FRC archives specialists review and promptly update the holdings database so your records remain correctly scheduled. The most current disposal authority is reflected for each transfer.

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Contingent records

are records scheduled for final disposition at some unspecified future time after the occurrence of a specific event. Examples of such events include the decommissioning of a vessel, the sale of property, or the destruction of a building.

Disposition of Contingent Records

The FRC staff is expert on disposal and can work with you to ensure that your agency's most sensitive records are disposed of properly. Records are maintained in secure environments until properly destroyed. Certificates of destruction are sent to the FRC following disposal.

Related Forms

Agency Review for Contingent Disposal

Notice of Eligibility for Disposal

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