Putting the “Govern” Into Information Governance: eDiscovery Trends

This week’s blog post for Ipro’s blog reminds us about the type of organization in eDiscovery that doesn’t get talked about enough – the government entity.  While corporations have information governance and eDiscovery needs, government agencies typically have the same stakeholder groups and many of the same challenges that corporations do, and some additional challenges as well.

Types of government agencies that are out there are practically as diverse as the types of corporations – they range from Federal government agencies like the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to State and Province agencies (i.e., including the US and Canada) to City and County agencies.  And that doesn’t even include Education related agencies like colleges and universities.  There are at least two unique considerations that have made unique InfoGov and eDiscovery challenges for Federal government agencies.  And there are numerous cases for state and local agencies that they may need to be prepared to address – just take a look at all of the litigation already arising from the power grid failure in Texas just two weeks ago (don’t get me started!).  The needs of government agencies vary widely, depending on the type of government agency.

So, what are the two unique considerations that have made unique InfoGov and eDiscovery challenges for Federal government agencies?  Hint: they both begin with “F”.  You can find out on Ipro’s blog here. 😉  It’s just one more click!

Speaking of government agencies, Ipro is currently conducting a Government survey to provide useful information on current InfoGov and eDiscovery challenges for government agencies.  If you work for a government agency and are involved in InfoGov or eDiscovery activities, please take the survey here – it’s a simple 10 question, multiple choice survey that literally takes a couple of minutes.  When the results are complete, Ipro will compile them into shareable infographics and videos to give government agencies a benchmark for assessing their current legal processes.  Don’t miss this chance to share your knowledge and help your peers!

So, what do you think?  Are you a government agency with specific InfoGov or eDiscovery needs?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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