Opposition to Destruction of Federal Records
We, professional investigators and interested parties, respectfully request that the National Archives and Records Administration hold public hearings and extend the time period for public comment pertaining to their directive to begin the destruction of certain federal records, as outlined in the Federal Register, dated April 25, 2011, pertaining to DOCID:fr25ap11-79.
In our opinion, retaining only the judgments and the docket sheets of discarded case files is not a suitable plan for NARA and will create serious consequences. There are valid reasons for records retention other than merely preserving notorious case files and documents that may be thought to have future historical significance. Background checks on litigants and due diligence of potential business partners and prospective employees will be seriously hampered; potential evidence for use in future civil and criminal proceedings will no longer exist; information about past corporate malfeasance, as exemplified by recently exposed SEC records destruction, will be covered-up; critical appellate information will be erased. The wanton destruction of an entire generation of public records is utterly unacceptable, and action must be taken to prohibit this from occurring.
Investigative & Security Professionals for Legislative Action (ISPLA) and individual signers of this petition being interested parties object to this poorly conceived policy of the National Archives and Records Administration.
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