What is a public record?

A public record "includes, but is not limited to, a document, book, paper, photograph, file, sound recording or machine readable electronic record, regardless of physical form or characteristics, made, received, filed or recorded in pursuance of law or in connection with the transaction of public business, whether or not confidential or restricted in use" (Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 192.005).

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1. What is a public record?
2. What is my responsibility for maintaining public records?
3. How can I determine if an item is a public record?
4. I do all my work on a computer and never print or sign anything. Do records retention schedules, Public Records Law and records management policies apply to me?
5. I regularly forget to follow the records retention schedule. Nothing can happen to me, right?
6. How long should I keep my files?