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ARCHIVES  October 1996, Week 1

ARCHIVES October 1996, Week 1

Subject:

Records/Archives in the News

From:

"Peter A. Kurilecz" <[log in to unmask]>

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Archives & Archivists <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 1 Oct 1996 09:32:55 PDT

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Today's posting is very long. You might want to print it out and then
read it.
 
 
 
Wall Street Journal
October 1, 1996
Section A, page 1, col 5
 
<snip>
BRACE FOR A BLIZZARD OF PAPERWORK FROM A NEW LAW
 
"From an administrative point of view, it's a nightmare," says Richard
Stover, principal at Buck Consultants of New York, of a new health-care
portability law. Employers must now track ates of coverage for all
employees, plus their dependents, and issue letters certifying their
coverage when the employee seeks other plans. Employees can request the
certifications as often as necessary up to two years after departing.
 
Primarily affected are smaller businesses, which typically offer slimmer
health benefits. Businesses must now offer new employees teh same
coverage current employees get, even if the new employee has a
pre-eisting  health condition, such as a heart problem or AIDS.
<snip>
 
Wall Street Journal
October 1, 1996
Section A, page 1, col 6
 
IN NAME ONLY: For Richard Thibeault, Being a 'Manager' is a Blue-Collar
Life.
 
excerpt is from:
Section A, page 12 col 4
 
<snip>
By 1 p.m. the sheet on the wall with the day's hourly sales goal tells a
depressing story. Mr. Thibeault is already $39 behind. A packet from
corporate headquarters arrives with a lengthy new form that managers will
be required to fill out four times a day, monitoring the time it takes
customers to be served, the quality of food, and staff morale.
 
Filling out the forms will take up more time, he says wearily, "but if
it's the rule, I will do it."
<snip>
 
Wall Street Journal
October 1, 1996
Section B, page 6 col 5
 
<snip>
CALIFORNIA EPA STIRS ANGER BY ORDERING DISPOSAL OF DATA DISPUTING ITS
FINDINGS
by Marc Lifsher
 
Dateline: Sacramento, California
 
State scientists who evaluate risks from chemicals, industrial-plant
emissions and hazardous wastes have been ordered to destroy research data
and internal records that differ from their administrator's final
decisions.
 
The new policy, which was laid out in an internal memorandum last sprin,
is causing a huge uproar among state environmental activists, First
Amendment advocates and scientists themselves. They argue that the
directive is politically motivated to favor industry, runs counter to
good science, and threatens to keep the public from getting all sides in
key health debates.
 
The blanket destruction of records is "subversive to the whole idea of
the Public Records Act," said Terry Francke, director of the California
First Amendment Coalition, a free-expression watchdog. "What you have is
an overlapping of the domains of science and politics, and politics is
winning."
 
The memo, issued byt he California Environmental Protection Agency's
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, asks employees to cull
files to ensure they contain only materials that reflect management
findings.
 
"Please dispose of all documents ... [electronic-mail] messages and other
communications prepared during the course of policy formulation which
contain other policy proposals not adopted or reflected in the final
decision," Charles Shulock, the office's chief deputy director, wrote on
April 19. The memo was obtained by the Wall Street Journal.
 
In an interview, Mr. Shulock said that no documents have been destroyed
thus far because the Health hazard Assessment office is still trying to
set up a mechanism to carry out the policy. But despite the internal
firestorm, Mr. Shulock said the office remains committed to its plan.
 
"We are not breaking new ground here," Mr. Shulock said, adding that the
policy is consistent with managing records in "an orderly manner."
 
In Mr. Shulock's original memo, he argues that the new "records retention
policy" will protect sensitive "pre-decisional" deliberations and thereby
promote "robust interal discussions."
 
But many believe that the policy will have just the opposite effect.
"It's ridiculous and isn't sincere. If they are concerned about free flow
[of information] they would not conceive of shredding very important
scientific evaluations," said Kristen Haynie, a spokeswoman for the
California Association of Professional Scientists, a labor union.
 
In follow-up correspondence to the original memo, Cal-EPA officials have
maintained that the new document-destruction policy will clarify
"publishing policies and procedures" and streamline paperwork.
 
But such reasoning hasn't convinced the office's own field scientists.
"The state has hired us and pays us as experts to exercise scientific
judgment," Berkeley-based scientist Robert Howd wrote Mr. Shulock in a
July 17 electronic message later contained in a document released by the
state. "Controlling the right of scientists to decide what will be useful
later would attack our professionalism, our honor and the scientific
process itself."
<snip>
 
Wall Street Journal
October 1, 1996
Section B, page 9, col 1
 
<snip>
PAPERS DISPUTE TOBACCO RESEARCH CLAIMS
by MIlo Geyelin
 
A newly disclosed tobacco industry document suggests that cigarette
manufacturers weren't looking for ways to reduce the health risks
associated with smoking in 1964, despite pledging publicly for over a
decade to get to the bottom of the smoking and health controversy.
<snip>
 
<snip>
The document, obtained in pretrial fact-finding by lawyers for the family
of a Mississippi barber who they cotend died of lung cancer caused by his
customers' second-hand smoke, was written by two researchers dispatched
in September 1964 by the British industry's research arm to compare U.S.
operations with their own.
<snip>
 
<snip>
Thousands of documents have emerged in recent years suggesting that the
industry was aware of the dangers of smoking but didn't inform the
public, fearing lawsuits.
<snip>
 
<snip>
At R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., a unit of RJR Nabisco Holdings Corp.,
spokeswoman Peggy Carter added that the document is isolated and needs to
be viewed in the context of millions of other documents produced by the
tobacco companies.
<snip>
 
-------------------------------------
Name: Peter A. Kurilecz CRM, CA
Aramco Services Company
9009 West Loop South
Houston, Texas 77096-1799
FAX: 713-432-5151
E-mail: Peter A. Kurilecz <[log in to unmask]>
Date: 10/01/96
Time: 09:32:55
 
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