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Information management[]

Disposition is

[t]he process of deciding how to arrange or manage information by archiving, sending, or disposing of the information.[1]

Legal proceedings[]

Disposition is

[a] determination, disposition, final arrangement, or outcome of a case or charge following a judgment, settlement, or any other basis for termination of a legal action. Disposition can be final or intermediate. Examples of final determinations include dismissal, acquittal, or conviction. Examples of intermediate dispositions include suspended proceedings or the placement of a defendant in one or more programs.[2]

U.S. government[]

Disposition is

[t]he actions taken regarding records no longer needed for current Government business. These actions include transfer to agency storage facilities or Federal records centers, transfer from one Federal agency to another, transfer of permanent records to the National Archives, and disposal of temporary records. Disposition is the third stage of the records life cycle.[3]


  1. Capstone Requirements Document: Global Information Grid (GIG) 71 (JROCM 134-01) (Aug. 30, 2001) (unclassified) (full-text).
  2. Privacy and Civil Liberties Policy Development Guide and Implementation Templates, App. E, Glossary.
  3. EPA, Vocabulary Catalog List Detail - Records Glossary (full-text).