Since its establishment in 1990 by Commissioners Court, the Records Management Department has assisted Harris County with its record management strategies and has ensured their compliance with the Local Government Records Act of 1989. In recent years, Information Governance has been added as a primary function, leading to an improved understanding and control of information created for and by the County though the creation and administration of the Records and Information Management Plan. Though participation is voluntary for elected officials, it is mandatory for any County department where the department head is appointed by Commissioner Court. The benefits of utilizing the services provided by the Records Management Department are many; including the immediate reduction in costs related to the storage of physical records, an estimated 400,000 pounds of paper recycled each year through our Records Center, and compliance with statutory retention periods, all without compromising security to sensitive information.
We promote good records management practices by:
With the increase in born-digital records and information, Harris County Information Governance and Records Management Office, part of the Universal Services Department, has risen to the occasion to help County departments better manage their information, including digital content while, also assisting them with their paper records needs.
Harris County Archives
Harris County Records and Information Management Plan
Harris County Records Control Schedule
History of Texas Records Laws