NOAA Records Management Records Disposal

Both NARA and the agencies are responsible for preventing the unauthorized disposition of Federal records including their unlawful or accidental destruction, defacement, alteration, or removal from Federal custody. Unauthorized disposition of Federal records is against the law (44 U.S.C. 3106) and may lead to a $2,000 fine, a 3-year imprisonment, or both (18 U.S.C. 2071).

Records Disposal

Before records can be destroyed you must:

Records Disposal Methods

Crime and Punishment

Failure to comply with the records management requirements can lead to significant consequences for the agency and for you personally, including:

Calculating a Destruction Date

Records Destruction Form

Ensuring Proper Records Disposal

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NOAA Records Management