Penn Receives 1990 Leahy Award

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Penn Receives 1990 Leahy Award


The 1990 recipient of the Emmett Leahy Award is Ira A. Penn, CRM, CSP. The 20th in the series, the Award was presented at the annual meeting of the Institute of Certified Records Managers in San Francisco, California, November 5, 1990.

Each year the Institute presents the Award to an individual whose outstanding accomplishments and professional contributions have significantly advanced the information and records management profession. The Award winner is selected from submitted nominations by an expert panel comprised of prior Award recipients.

The Award honors the late Emmett J. Leahy, a pioneer in the development of modern records management theory and techniques. It is considered to be the highest level of recognition given to professionals in the field of information and records management.

Ira's 26-year career has centered on records management program development for various agencies within the U.S. Federal Government. He has worked in the records management programs of the U.S. Patent Office and the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, served as a technical assistance analyst and program inspector for the National Archives and Records Service, and currently works for the General Services Administration developing Government wide records management policy and guidelines. Throughout his career, Ira has been involved in the information and records management disciplines of forms, reports, correspondence, directives, Freedom of Information, and Privacy. His technology experience includes micrographics, reprographics, word processing, copy management, and electronic recordkeeping. While at the National Archives and Records Service, Ira was responsible for a Government wide Report Management Inspection that resulted in $39 million in savings, the development of a records management system for Government wide implementation of the Privacy Act of 1974, and the development of a Forms Analysis and Design Handbook. …

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