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Records Management Disposition Schedule

INTRODUCTION
On December 3, 1987, the Secretary approved the Agency status of the Indian Health Service (IHS), effective January 4, 1988. Section 3101 of Title 44 of the United States Code requires the head of each Federal agency to preserve records containing adequate and proper documentation of the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, and essential transactions of the Agency. Agency records provide the necessary information to protect the legal and financial Rights of the Government and of persons directly affected by the Agency's programs. An effective records disposition program is the key to successful records management in Federal agencies. It helps ensure that agencies have the recorded information necessary to conduct Government business, avoid waste and preserve America's documentary heritage. The IHS Records Disposition Schedule is designed to provide disposition authorities for records collected and maintained by the IHS. It has been developed as a means of identifying and describing, in one publication, all records unique to the operations and functions of the IHS. The disposition of most IHS administrative records should be based on the guidelines provided in the General Records Schedule issued by the National Archives and Records Administration for government-wide use. The disposition of IHS program records and other records unique to the IHS should be based on the guidelines provided in this Schedule.

Agency personnel will not destroy records on the basis of individual opinion that they have no value. Only disposition standards defined in the IHS Records Disposition Schedule and the National Archives and Records Administration's General Records Schedule will be used for records management activities. Records which are not currently covered in one of the two schedules should be described in detail and reported to the IHS Records Management Officer.

This Schedule is divided into five parts and is written to interface with the Parts and Chapters of the Indian Health Manual. The five Schedules are:

SCHEDULE 1. GENERAL
SCHEDULE 2. SERVICES TO INDIANS AND OTHERS
SCHEDULE 3. PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
SCHEDULE 4. STAFF SERVICES/SPECIAL PROGRAMS
SCHEDULE 5. MANAGEMENT SERVICES

GENERAL POLICIES AND OBJECTIVES PURPOSE
This records disposition schedule is to be used in conjunction with the Indian Health Manual, Part 5, Chapter 15, titled “Records Management Program” and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) General Records Schedule (GRS).

AUTHORITY
Title 44 United States Code 2904, 3102, and 3301 and 36 CFR 1228.10 requires agencies to develop and implement records schedules for all of the records created or received by the agency and to obtain approval of the schedule from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). This schedule is mandatory for use by all Indian Health Service (IHS) activities and contractor personnel, who create, accumulate, or manage Indian Health Service records.

BACKGROUND
On December 3, 1987, the Secretary approved the Agency status of the Indian Health Service effective January 4, 1988. Before IHS became an agency, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) had the responsibility of the IHS Records Management Program. Records play a vital role in managing and operating Indian Health Service activities. They serve as the memory of the organization, a record of past events, and the basis for future actions. Records managed systematically are complete, easily accessible, and properly arranged to serve current and future management needs and enhance effectiveness and economy of operations.

OBJECTIVES
The major objectives of this records disposition schedule is to insure that records of continuing value are preserved and that records which have no current value are properly disposed of or retired to the Federal Record Center (FRC). The specific goals are to:
  1. Assure uniformity and simplicity in maintaining records;
  2. Provide adequate controls over the creation of file materials and prevent theumulation of unnecessary files;
  3. Assure the preservation of those records having sufficient continuing value;
  4. Provide for the systematic cutoff and periodic destruction or retirement of records in accordance with the approved disposition schedules.
INDEX
SCHEDULE 1. GENERAL
SECTIONS
  1. Indian Health Manual
  2. Other Issuance Series
  3. Indian Health Program
  4. Organization of the Service
  5. Delegations of Authority
  6. Program Administration
  7. Research Activities
  8. Federal Employees Health Program
  9. Occupational Health and Safety Management Program
  10. Emergency Operations of IHS Field Activities
  11. Authorized Dollar Thresholds – P.L. 93-638 Contracts and Grants by Area
SCHEDULE 2. SERVICES TO INDIANS AND OTHERS
SECTIONS
  1. Indians
  2. Payment for Services
  3. Contract Health Services
  4. Other Beneficiaries
  5. Health Services for Indian and Alaska Native Advanced Students
SCHEDULE 3. PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
SECTIONS
  1. (VACANT)
  2. Dental Services
  3. Medical Records
  4. Nursing Services
  5. Nutrition and Dietetics
  6. Laboratory Services (Including Radiology)
  7. Pharmacy
  8. Social Work Services
  9. Eye Care Program
  10. Preventive Health
  11. Environmental Health
  12. Health Education
  13. Maternal and Child Health
  14. Mental Health Programs
  15. Physical Therapy
  16. Community Health Representative Program
  17. Emergency Medical Services
  18. Alcoholism/Substance Abuse Program
  19. Urban Indian Health Program
  20. Audiology and Speech Pathology
  21. Nuclear Medicine
SCHEDULE 4. STAFF SERVICES/SPECIAL PROGRAMS
SECTIONS
  1. Information Service/Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act
  2. Medical Facilities and Patient Management
  3. Program Analysis Reports and Statistics
  4. Program Planning for Indian Health Service
  5. Office of Tribal Activities
  6. Training
  7. Management Appraisal Services
  8. Equal Employment Opportunity
  9. Quality Assurance Program
  10. Communications
  11. Scholarships
SCHEDULE 5. MANAGEMENT SERVICES
SECTIONS
  1. (VACANT)
  2. Financial Management
  3. Office Services/Materiel Management Section
  4. Personnel
  5. Procurement
  6. Supply Management
  7. Security
  8. Travel and Transportation
  9. Facilities Management
  10. Housekeeping
  11. Real Property
  12. Personal Property
  13. Quarters Management Program
  14. Biomedical Engineering
  15. Records Management
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