Records are the evidence of what Metro does as an agency. They capture its business activities, transactions, legal obligations, policies and procedures. They also document the decision-making activities of Metro’s elected officials and employees. Records come in many formats, including physical paper, electronic documents, website content and data in databases.
All of the records Metro creates are public records. Federal and state laws enumerate government agencies’ responsibilities for providing stewardship of their information assets. To ensure regulatory compliance and in support of public accountability, Metro is committed to:
- documenting agency activities
- managing its information assets throughout their lifecycle to facilitate the accomplishment of Metro's programmatic and administrative missions
- exercising responsible stewardship of public records in a way that allows information assets to be shared, utilized, reused and disposed of in compliance with appropriate statues and guidelines
- promoting access to information by Metro staff, partners and the public as appropriate
- preserving records of eduring value for the benefit of agency staff, researchers and the public at large.