OAR 166-300-0015
Administrative Records


Administrative Rule Preparation Records Records document the formulation, development, notice, and filing of an agency’s administrative rules. Administrative rules may be developed through the activities and actions of an agency-appointed advisory committee. Records may include but are not limited to committee minutes and agendas, committee roster, draft rules and work notes, correspondence, copies of administrative orders filed with the Secretary of State (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Hearing, Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact, Statement of Need and Justification, Certificate and Order for Filing Permanent (or Temporary) Administrative Rules), and public comments and testimony. Administrative rule preparation records must be retained according to this schedule regardless of whether the rule has been renumbered, or repealed and re-adopted under a new rule number. The Secretary of State maintains the statewide record copy of the Oregon Administrative Rules, Oregon Bulletin, and filed administrative orders. (Retention: (a) Retain hearing audio or videotapes: until transcribed or summarized, destroy; (b) Retain all other Administrative Rule records: 10 years after repeal of entire rule, destroy).


Agency Organizational Records Records document the organizational arrangement and administrative structure of an agency. Records may include but are not limited to organizational statements, organizational charts depicting the organization of an agency and/or its divisions and programs, studies determining the merit and feasibility of reorganization plans, and other studies related to administrative hierarchy. (Retention: Retain 2 years, destroy).


Attorney General Opinions Records document Attorney General Opinions and attorney’s letters of advice. Records may include but are not limited to requests for opinions; opinions; letters of advice; copies of legislative bills, statutes, and administrative rules; and correspondence. The Department of Justice maintains the statewide record copy. (Retention: Retain 10 years, destroy).


Business Plan Records Records document the needs assessment, planning, implementation, and review of an agency’s functions, programs, and goals. Records may include but are not limited to management plans, directives, organizational charts, correspondence, and related records. (Retention: (a) Retain final document: 6 years, destroy; (b) Retain other business plan records: 1 year after final document produced, destroy).


Calendar and Scheduling Records Records document the scheduling of events and activities involving agency staff or resources, regardless of format. Records may include but are not limited to schedules, desk calendars, reservation logs, lists, requests, and related records. Scheduling information recorded in a personal day planner or personal electronic device may be a public record under ORS Chapter 192 (Records). (Retention: Retain 1 year, destroy).


Communication Logs Logs document communications made or received through a variety of electronic devices, including but not limited to telephone, smart phone, facsimile (fax), radio, computer-aided dispatch, pager, and teletype, AND are not otherwise specified in the state agency general records retention schedule (OAR 166 Division 300). Logged information may include time, date and disposition of communication, name of caller, number called or received, and action taken. SEE ALSO Correspondence in this section (Retention: Retain 1 year, destroy).


Conference, Seminar, and Training Program Records Records document the design and presentation of training programs and events offered or sponsored by the agency. These events may include but are not limited to conferences, conventions, seminars, training classes, workshops, and similar gatherings. Records may include but are not limited to class descriptions, instructor certifications, planning documentation, instructional materials, course outlines, class enrollment and attendance records, and related records. SEE ALSO Employee Training Records in the Personnel Records section for individual employee training records. (Retention: (a) Retain class enrollment and attendance records: 2 years, destroy; (b) Retain all other records: 5 years, destroy).


Contracts and Agreements Records document the negotiation, execution, completion, and termination of legal agreements between an agency and other parties. Records may include but are not limited to the official contract, lease, or agreement, amendments, exhibits, addenda, legal records, contract review records, and related documentation and correspondence. Records do not include property records. Note: Agencies that enter into contracts with the federal government must ensure that their contracts and agreements meet federal requirements specified in the Code of Federal Regulations. (Retention: (a) Retain contracts or agreements documenting building construction, alterations, or repair: 10 years after substantial completion [as defined by ORS 12.135 (Action for damages from construction, alteration or repair of improvement to real property) (3)], destroy; (b) Retain all other contracts and agreements: 6 years after expiration, destroy).


Correspondence Records that: 1. document communications created or received by an agency AND 2. directly relate to an agency program or agency administration AND 3. are not otherwise specified in the State Agency General Records Retention Schedule (OAR 166-300) or in state agency special schedules or in ORS 192.170 (Disposition of materials without authorization). Records may include but are not limited to letters, memoranda, notes and electronic messages that communicate formal approvals, directions for action, and information about contracts, purchases, grants, personnel and particular projects or programs. (Disposition: File with the associated program or administrative records. Retentions for program records are found in state agency special schedules; retentions for administrative records are typically found in the State Agency General Records Retention Schedule. Communications not meeting the above criteria do not need to be filed and may be retained as needed.)


Key Assignment Records Series documents the assignment of key cards, metal keys, or pass codes to agency employees for access into state-owned or leased buildings and/or offices. Information may include employee name and agency, work phone number, primary work location, status level, access privileges, key number, dates issued and returned, and pass code information. (Retention: Retain 6 months after employee separation or access status changed, destroy).


LEDS Certification Records Records document the qualification of staff to perform Law Enforcement Data System (LEDS) searches on clients or agency employees. SEE ALSO Employee Personnel Records and Recruitment and Selection Records in the Personnel Records section. (Retention: Retain 2 years after employee ceases to be LEDS certified, destroy).


Legislative Development Advisory Committee Records Records document the activities of agency-appointed advisory committees to help develop legislation for an agency. Records may include but are not limited to membership lists, minutes, agendas, fiscal impact statements, work notes, draft legislation, member comments on drafts, final committee version of legislation, and correspondence. (Retention: Retain 6 years, destroy).


Legislative Tracking Records Records document the development and monitoring of legislation, which may have an impact on an agency’s programs or policies. Records may include but are not limited to concept statements, proposals, bill logs, fiscal/organizational impact analysis papers, copies of bills, testimony summaries, committee reports, agendas, and correspondence. Does not include copies of legislative bills used strictly to monitor the legislative process. (Retention: Retain 6 years, destroy).


Litigation Records Records document agency activities in litigation. Records may include but are not limited to court documents, research materials, reports, press releases, and correspondence. (Retention: (a) Retain precedent-setting litigation records not scheduled by special schedule: 20 years after case closed, destroy; (b) Retain all other litigation records: 5 years after case closed, destroy).


Lobbyist Records Records document lobbyist and lobbyist employer activities and are used to report these activities to the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. Records may include but are not limited to expenditure reports, registration statements, termination records, guidelines, and correspondence. (Retention: (a) Retain expenditure reports: 4 years, destroy; (b) Retain all other lobbyist records: 5 years after last activity, destroy).


Mailing Lists Records document the compilation of names and addresses of persons and organizations by an agency for mailing purposes. Lists are used to facilitate billing, community outreach, and other agency functions. (Retention: Retain until superseded or obsolete, destroy).


Parking Records Records document parking provided for the public or agency staff. Records may include but are not limited to parking permits and applications, special permits, and permit receipts. (Retention: Retain 4 years, destroy).


Policy and Procedure Guidelines and Manuals Records document internal instructions, rules, and guidelines for current agency policies and procedures. Records may include but are not limited to authorizing bulletins and advisories, manuals documenting departmental policies and procedures, handbooks, desk manuals, drafts, and related documentation. (Retention: (a) Retain final document: 6 years after superseded, destroy; (b) Retain all other policy development and planning records: 1 year after final document produced, destroy).


Policy Development and Planning Records Records document the development, planning, implementation, assessment, and review of an agency’s strategic or long-term goals through policies, programs, and activities. Records may include but are not limited to strategic and management plans, mission and goal statements, final policy statements and directives, organization charts, preliminary drafts, work notes, and correspondence. (Retention: (a) Retain final document: 20 years, destroy; (b) Retain all other policy development and planning records: 1 year after final document produced, destroy).


Postal Records Records document transactions with the U.S. Postal Service and private carriers. Records may include but are not limited to postage meter records, receipts for express deliveries, registered and certified mail, insured mail, special delivery receipts and forms, loss reports, and correspondence. (Retention: Retain 4 years, destroy).


Press Releases Records document agency information officially released to the media for dissemination to the public. Records may include but are not limited to press or news releases, prepared statements, public service announcements, and related documentation. (Retention: Retain 10 years, destroy).


Professional Membership Records Records document agency-paid individual or institutional memberships and activities in professional organizations. (Retention: Retain 6 years, destroy).


Public Records Disclosure Request Records Records document requests for disclosure of public records and provide a record of agency responses. Records may include but are not limited to requests for disclosure, request logs, approvals, denials, copies of petitions to the Attorney General for review of denials of disclosure, Attorney General Orders to grant or deny disclosure, and correspondence. (Retention: (a) Retain approved request records: 5 years, destroy; (b) Retain denied request records: 5 years after last action, destroy).


Publication Preparation Records Records document the development of agency reports, studies, directories, leaflets, flyers, brochures, and other publications. Records may include but are not limited to working papers, mock-ups, drafts, and related correspondence. Stocks of publications are not public records as defined by ORS 192.005 (Definitions for ORS 192.005 to 192.170)(5) and need not be scheduled. (Retention: Retain 1 year after publication printed, destroy).


Security Records Records document security provided for agency buildings and grounds. Records may include but are not limited to security logs, sign-in sheets, security activity reports, incident reports, and related records. SEE ALSO Visitor Logs in this section. (Retention: Retain 5 years, destroy).


Signature Authorizations Records documenting the authorization of employees designated to sign fiscal and contractual documents. Information may include authorization date, employee name, signature sample, position, conditions, remarks, dollar amount employee authorized to approve, and signature and name of person(s) approving authorization. (Retention: Retain 6 years after authorization superseded or expired, destroy).


Staff Meeting Records Records document the activities and proceedings of agency staff meetings that are not subject to Oregon’s Public Meetings Law (ORS 192.610 (Definitions for ORS 192.610 to 192.690) to 192.690 (Exceptions to ORS 192.610 to 192.690)). Records may include but are not limited to minutes, notes, reports, and related documentation. (Retention: Retain 2 years, destroy).


Visitor Logs Records document the registration of non-agency personnel and visitors into the agency’s building and/or office area. Information may include but is not limited to date and time visitor checked in and out, visitor name, reason for visit, agency contact name, and badge identification number. SEE ALSO Security Records in this section. (Retention: Retain 1 year, destroy).


Work Orders Series documents requests made for work to be done for one agency division by another agency division. Types of work requested include word processing and requests for information such as purchasing. Information may include but is not limited to dates requested and completed, requestor’s name and division, name of individual completing work, and description of work to be done. SEE ALSO Facility Work Orders in the Facilities/Property Records section. (Retention: Retain 1 year after assignment completed or cancelled, destroy).


Year 2000 (Y2K) Planning Records Records document the planning and development of Y2K Contingency Plans. Records may include but are not limited to meeting minutes, correspondence, draft plans, work notes, plan test results, and final plan. Information may include type of systems vulnerable to Y2K, level of priority, and party responsible for system solution or troubleshooting. (Retention: Destroy).
[Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.]

Source: Rule 166-300-0015 — Administrative Records, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=166-300-0015.

Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

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