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U.S. Geological Survey Records Disposition Schedules

As U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) records disposition schedules are created or revised they are being included as part of USGS policy in the Survey Manual. Other bureau records disposition schedules, not yet part of the Survey Manual can be found on the USGS Records Management website. As these schedules are created or revised they will then be issued a Survey Manual identifier and be linked on this index page.

As required by law, the official records of the USGS may not be destroyed without the prior approval of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). This approval authority is provided in the form of USGS Records Disposition Schedules. These schedules list official records of the USGS and prescribe the periods of authorized retention. All USGS employees are responsible for ensuring that records disposal actions agree with these schedules. These records disposition schedules are the only authorized system for USGS records management. Proper implementation of these records disposition schedules involves carefully applying their provisions to both permanent and temporary records. The final objective of these records dispositions schedules are to ensure authorized, appropriate, uniform, and timely disposition of USGS records.


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