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Explanation of Schedule Fields

Each schedule includes the fields or sections of information listed below.

Field Name Field Description Examples
EPA Records Schedule

A unique identifier assigned to each schedule.


The status of the schedule ("final," "draft," or "development") and the last revision date.

A final schedule has been approved by EPA and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and authorizes the retention and disposition of the records.

A draft schedule has been approved by EPA and sent to NARA. It may not be used to retire records to offsite storage and does not authorize destruction.

A development schedule has not been approved by EPA or sent to NARA. It may not be used to retire records to offsite storage and does not authorize destruction.

Final, 10/15/2002

Title of a group of related records covered by the schedule.

Safety and Health

EPA organization(s) or programs that can use the schedule. "All Programs" means that any office or program may use this schedule.


EPA location(s) that can use the schedule. "Agency-wide" means the schedule can be used at any location.


The code and title of an EPA business process. The numeric code is used in a file plan to organize records by function.

305 Public Affairs
NARA Disposal Authority

A number assigned by NARA for their tracking purposes. This number is also used when retiring records to a Federal Records Center.

If the schedule has not yet been submitted to NARA, "Pending" is used.

  • N1-412-94-4/1
  • DAA-0412-2013-0002-0001

A description of the records, their content, types of information included, etc.

Records relating to the general Agency implementation of the Freedom of Information Act.
Disposition Instructions

Disposition instructions identify whether records are disposable or permanent, and provide direction for when to close the records, how long to retain them, and their final disposition (destroy, transfer).

Disposition instructions may be divided into two or more "Items" if retention needs vary.

Item a. Historically significant public affairs records

  • Permanent
  • Close upon issuance or publication, or when superseded or inactive.
  • Transfer electronic records to the National Archives 5 years after file closure. Transfer non-electronic records to the National Archives 15 years after file closure.

Item b. Routine public affairs records

  • Disposable
  • Close at end of activity or calendar year.
  • Destroy 5 years after file closure.
Disposition Instructions for Electronic Information Systems

Electronic information systems may have separate disposition instructions for each component (e.g., software program, input, output, electronic data, documentation) of the system. If these items are not included in the disposition instructions, check the guidance section for additional information.

Item a: Electronic data

  • Permanent
  • Transfer data annually to the National Archives as specified in 36 CFR 1228.270 or standards applicable at the time.

Information that will assist in applying the schedule (e.g., alternate names of files, records that are excepted from coverage, related schedules).

Historically significant records – Includes records that meet one or more of the following criteria: established a precedent and resulted in a change in law, policy or procedure…
Reasons for Disposition This field tells NARA why EPA is recommending the disposition or the changes to a previously approved disposition. Why the records need to be kept, their value to the Agency, or other pertinent information is entered here. This field also includes information on the most recent changes made to the schedule. Records are required for enforcement and cost recovery support as mandated by statute and regulation.

This section identifies the holder(s) of the records. It includes the name of the program or region and sub-unit (office, division or branch), and the contact name and telephone.

If the records are maintained in multiple offices, it will read "Multiple units" only.

Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Office of Compliance

  • Contact: James Johnson
  • Telephone: 202-566-0000
Related Schedules Relationships to other records are noted here. They can be in the same office or other offices, programs, etc. Examples of relationships might include input to another system or file, copies of reports submitted to (or received from) another office, or working papers that support a series of final reports. EPA 1035, EPA 1036
Previous NARA Disposal Authority Listed here are old schedule approval number(s), manual numbers, etc., previously applied to this item, that have been, or will be, superseded by this schedule. NC1-412-85-24/2
Entry This is the date the schedule was originally entered into the schedule system. 07/18/1991
EPA Approval This is the date internal approval was completed. This date will not change unless the schedule is resubmitted to EPA programs due to major changes. 04/10/1992
NARA Approval This is the date the Archivist of the United States signed the approved schedule. General Records Schedule (GRS) items show the date of the appropriate GRS. 05/15/1993

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