H.R.5811 - Electronic Communications Preservation Act

To amend title 44, United States Code, to require preservation of certain electronic records by Federal agencies, to require a certification and reports relating to Presidential records, and for other purposes. view all titles (4)

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  • Short: Electronic Communications Preservation Act as introduced.
  • Short: Electronic Message Preservation Act as reported to house.
  • Official: To amend title 44, United States Code, to require preservation of certain electronic records by Federal agencies, to require a certification and reports relating to Presidential records, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Short: Electronic Message Preservation Act as passed house.

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Result: Passed - July 09, 2008

Roll call number 477 in the House

Question: On Passage: H R 5811 Electronic Message Preservation Act

 

Official Summary

Electronic Message Preservation Act - Requires the Archivist of the United States to promulgate regulations governing federal agency preservation of electronic messages that are federal records and to periodically review and amend, as necessary, such regulations. Requires such regulations t

Official Summary

Electronic Message Preservation Act - Requires the Archivist of the United States to promulgate regulations governing federal agency preservation of electronic messages that are federal records and to periodically review and amend, as necessary, such regulations. Requires such regulations to:
(1) require the electronic capture, management, and preservation of such electronic records in accordance with the Federal Records Act;
(2) require such records to be retrievable through electronic searches;
(3) establish mandatory minimum functional requirements for electronic records management systems and a process to certify federal agency compliance with such requirements;
(4) include timelines for federal agency compliance; and
(5) include requirements for the capture, management, and preservation of other electronic records.Requires the head of each federal agency to report to the Archivist on the agency's compliance with the Archivist's regulations. Requires the Archivist to report to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on federal agency compliance. Requires the Archivist to:
(1) establish standards for the management of presidential records during a President's term of office, including records management controls necessary for the capture, management, and preservation of electronic messages and for ensuring that electronic messages are readily accessible for retrieval through electronic searches;
(2) certify annually whether records management controls established by a President meet the requirements of the Presidential Records Act; and
(3) report annually to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on the status of such certification. Requires the Archivist to report to Congress one year after the conclusion of a President's term of office on:
(1) the volume and format of presidential records deposited into the archival depository; and
(2) whether records management controls of a President meet the requirements of this Act and the Presidential Records Act. Requires the Archivist to prescribe internal procedures to prevent the unauthorized removal of classified records from the National Archives and Records Administration or the destruction or damage of such records.Prohibits the Archivist from providing access to original presidential records to individuals who have been convicted of a crime relating to the review, retention, removal, or destruction of records of the National Archives.

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