The Federal Government engages in and supports a vast amount of research on a vast array of subjects. Finding the research or funding relevant to any specific topic can be a significant challenge. Topics of interest may be covered by individual agencies, sub-agencies, inter-agency task forces or research groups, state and federal cooperative projects or even groups involving both governmental and non-governmental cooperation. Where the results of such research can be found may be subject to agency policy, terms of grant, or cooperative agreement.
This poster session will examine the records management policy and procedures dealing with the retention of data and reports relevant to the scientific work of at least one federal agency. It will look at the retention and accessibility of local and regional research within the agency. Trace scientific reports through the information life cycle and offer suggestions for gaining access to these materials.