Records and recordkeeping practices change naturally over time as state agencies evolve. Records Disposition Authorities, or RDAs, require regular revision to accurately reflect the records that your agency creates and the retention requirements for those records.
RDAs can require revision for various reasons. Below are some of the most common reasons:
(1) New state and/or federal laws have increased the scope of your agency’s work. As a result, your agency creates new records which are not described in the RDA. Note: Records not currently described in the RDA are ineligible for records destruction.
(2) New state and/or federal laws have modified the required minimum retention of certain record series in the RDA.
(3) The agency was restructured, and divisions were transferred from another state agency. New records are therefore being created which are not described in the RDA.
(4) The agency was restructured, and divisions were transferred to another state agency. Records presently described in the RDA are no longer created by your agency.
RDA revisions are not required for changes to the agency’s organization or leadership that do not affect the agency’s functions. Examples of changes not meriting RDA revision include divisional restructuring that does not affect the agency’s functions, or a change in agency director.
Contact the ADAH Records Management Staff
Agencies seeking an RDA revision should contact Records Management staff to schedule an in-person introductory meeting or conference call. This meeting/call will introduce the parties involved and help define the scope of the RDA revision before beginning work on either end. Please be mindful that due to the time required to revise an RDA and the high demand for revisions, Records Management staff may be unable to undertake your agency’s revision immediately.
Contact one of the following staff members to discuss RDA revision:
- Becky Hebert (Section Head, Records Management Section) at 334-353-5039 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sophie Law (Records Management Archivist) at 334-353-4706 or email@example.com
Stay tuned to the For the Record blog for two upcoming posts on the state agency RDA revision process:
- An Overview of the State Agency Records Disposition Authority (RDA) Revision Process
- A Detailed Guide to the State Agency Records Disposition Authority (RDA) Revision Process