The primary purpose of the Coast Guard's records management program is to preserve the history of
the agency as well as to promote the maintenance and security of records. The term "record" is not limited to paper documents, but includes all media, e.g.,
audiovisual, cartographic, electronic, etc., records can be either temporary or permanent,
less than five percent (5%) of our records are scheduled as permanent.
All Coast Guard personnel have basic Records Management responsibilities. Originators and recipients of both paper and electronic records (including e-mail) must label and archive information per approved dispositions schedules outlined in:
Information and Life Cycle Management Manual, COMDTINST M5212.12A., and
NARA Approved Changes to COMDTINST M5212.12A (updated June 7, 2013)