Cost Containment: Through a Robust RIM Program by ProQuest


The December 2006 amendments to the US Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) codified parties' obligations regarding the identification, preservation, and production of electronic information in response to a discovery request. The FRCP changes reflect the reality that business runs on information -- particularly electronic information. Now, more than ever, an organization's records and information management (RIM) program can affect its ability to respond to discovery requests. A strong RIM program will address all business information, including, for example, paper, multimedia, e-mail, databases, and unstructured electronic information stored in network share drives. RIM program elements are: 1. governance, 2. policy, 3. process, 4. data, 5. applications, and 6. infrastructure. When an organization becomes involved in litigation, the importance of complying with the established records management policies and procedures becomes much more apparent. For those records identified as potentially relevant, the disposition process is suspended and the e-discovery process is launched.

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