U.S. Geological Survey Manual
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 records of the USGS may not be destroyed without the prior approval of authorities from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). This approval authority is provided in the form of USGS Records Disposition Schedules or Departmental Records Schedules. These schedules list of the USGS or DOI and prescribe the periods of authorized retention. All USGS employees are responsible for ensuring that records disposal actions are in accordance with these schedules. 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.
The USGS Filing Code Record Schedule List is a tool that was developed to provide all active file codes and record authorities, their descriptions, and instructions in a single place. It is divided into chapter by record function. Some file codes may indicate “unscheduled” for records schedules that are in development. The excel version of the reference list has a separate tab for each chapter.
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Table of Contents
100 - Organizational, History, Administrative Management, and Commissions/Councils/Boards/Committee Records
200 - CIO, Security, Information Management
300- Administrative Support
400 - Human Capital
500 - Information Services
600 - Legal, Congressional, Patents, etc.
700 - Budget and Financial Services
800 - Acquisition, Supplies, and Grants
900 - Emergency Planning & Environmental
1000 - Property Management
1100 - Audiovisual Records
1200 - Geospatial, Cartographic, and Architectural
1300 - Publishing Records
1400 - Water Science Discipline
1500 - No Chapter 1500. 1500 items were incorporated into chapter 1700.
1600 - Biology Science Discipline
1700 - Geospatial Science Discipline
1800 - Special Geological Studies Group
1900 - Geology Science Discipline
2100 - Minerals
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