Legislative Branch Document Retention

This Roll Call editorial discusses how legislative offices should retain documents relating to their work and mentions the PMA Group.

The Presidential Records Act — which President Barack Obama took steps to strengthen upon taking office — sets the standard for the White House. Congressional reforms implemented in 2007 aimed to increase transparency in the legislative process. We believe there should also be a formal policy on document retention for Members of the House — and Senators, too.

Congress needs to complete the task of preserving the records of its own activities. Lawmakers have insisted that the executive branch meet that standard, and members of the legislative branch should do so as well.

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