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U.S. government recognizes RIM as a profession.

In March, the U.S. government formally recognized records and information management (RIM) as an occupational series for federal employees. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced the final version of the Records Management Occupation Flysheet (O308) and the Qualification Standard, which created a new occupational series of RIM.

This action was mandated by the 2011 Presidential Memorandum on Managing Government Records. In response to the memorandum, NARA and the Office of Management and Budget implemented the Managing Government Records Directive, specifying how the presidential mandate would be met. The directive required OPM to establish a formal records management occupational series that consistently defines records management activities throughout the federal government.

ARMA International supported the directive's call for establishing this occupational series, and when the draft classification was released in December 2013, ARMA submitted comments on what it saw as weaknesses in describing the skills necessary to manage a modern information governance program. The association also asked that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) be given a greater role in developing the occupational classification. NARA appears to be pleased with the final version.

"We believe this will elevate the roles, responsibilities, and skill sets for agency records officers and other records and information personnel," stated NARA on its Records Express blog.

Upon announcing the change, the OPM said, "This is a part of the effort to reform records management roles, responsibilities, and skill sets. Over the years, the distinction between records management support work and specialist work has become more clearly defined."

Kimberly A. Holden, OPM deputy associate director, recruitment & hiring, said, "Establishment of this new series brings into focus the records and information management workforce using one occupational series to provide consistency in describing, classifying, and recruiting for records and information management specialists across the federal government."

This series comprises positions that supervise, lead, or perform RIM work, which includes planning, controlling, directing, organizing, training, promoting, and other activities involved in records creation, disposition, maintenance, and use. Agencies must apply the occupational series to covered positions by March 2016.

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Title Annotation:RIM; records and information management
Publication:Information Management Journal
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2015
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