I started writing a lengthy and concise overview of federated records management and the assurance component. It grew and grew in to a 2000 word overview. That's the good news, the bad news is that it was so good that marketing stole it from me and would like to have it published in one of the records management or document management magazines. Even with my massive blog readership I think that the audience size of a magazine might be just a little better so I agreed!
Here's the deal, if you want the 2000 word description then just email me and I'll forward it over to you. It is way too long for the blog anyway.