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2013 Benchmarking Study of eDiscovery Practices for Government Agencies


Since 2007, Deloitte has surveyed attorneys, records managers, IT professionals and paralegal staff within the federal government about their experiences in eDiscovery. It has become increasingly apparent that as government legal professionals contend with increasing volumes of electronically stored information (ESI) during the discovery process, they recognize the value of eDiscovery technology to help manage that data volume. However, when it comes to the details associated with eDiscovery tools, processes and human support, there are gaps that are causing increased concern among attorneys.

For example, 80 percent of respondents feel somewhat or not at all confident that if challenged their agency could demonstrate that their ESI was “accurate, accessible, complete and trustworthy.” Moreover, 84 percent of respondents feel somewhat or not at all effective in their agency’s ability to deal with the challenges of eDiscovery. What is causing these concerns?

Download the report to learn the top findings of our 2013 survey.

View the infographic for survey highlights.

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