A special schedule is written for each state agency to describe in detail the history, programs, and records of the agency. Special schedules set the retention requirements for the unique program records created by each state agency. They do not include routine administrative and financial records. Instead, these are covered in the state agency general schedule. By describing agency programs in an easy to understand format, the special schedules are designed help citizens better navigate state government. In certain cases, limited special schedules are created for local governments. Each special schedule expires five years after its creation.