From the Document: "As part of its ongoing inquiry, the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol (Select Committee) has issued subpoenas to the multiple federal agencies that responded on January 6, including the U.S. Secret Service (USSS). The USSS responded to the Select Committee's July 15, 2022, subpoena with an 'initial production' of information on July 19. Upon receiving the USSS's response, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) announced that it was investigating a 'potential unauthorized deletion' of USSS text messages. USSS's treatment of text messages has raised questions about how electronic records are handled by federal agencies, and how existing laws apply. Congressional interest has arisen from many perspectives, including USSS's compliance with federal recordkeeping laws; whether agencies can apply existing statute and guidance to the management of text messages and other electronic formats; and the ability of Congress to conduct oversight into executive branch activities. This Insight provides a summary of how federal records are managed, including records in electronic formats, discusses improper disposal investigations, and concludes with considerations for Congress."
CRS Insight, IN12007
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