Guiding principles

Both organisations affected by the machinery of government change should:

  • manage and jointly own the change
  • approach the change in a spirit of openness and co-operation
  • document the process to ensure accountability and transparency
  • comply fully with legislative requirements for example the Public Records Act (PRA), Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Data Protection Act (DPA)
  • consider the Crown copyright and database rights with regard to information being transferred and the type of receiving organisation
  • focus on effective communication with the end-users or customers
  • take opportunities to save money, be more efficient and more effective in the management of records
  • make adequate resources available to ensure business continuity