A week ago today, Dr. Michael Kurtz, the Assistant Archivist for Records Services – Washington, DC (NW), announced his retirement effective March 3, 2011. His retirement comes after 37 years of dedicated Public Service, all of it at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
As you might imagine, all of us at NARA will miss Michael greatly, especially his counsel, insights, support, and direction regarding all facets of our mission.
Beyond the halls of the National Archives, the records and information management community will also miss Michael and his decades of leadership in addressing the records and information management challenges facing the Federal Government.
Dr. Kurtz accomplished many great things during his career, but one that is most closely connected to our work in the records and information management community is the implementation of key parts of the E-Government Act of 2002 and the creation of the Federal Records Council. In March 2005, Dr. Kurtz’s leadership in this area was recognized by Federal Computer Week when it recognized Michael with one of its prestigious Fed 100 Awards.
Michael will continue to be (through March 3rd, and beyond) a staunch advocate for records and information management as a way to meet the business needs of Federal agencies, to protect the rights and interests of Citizens and their Government, and to preserve and provide access to the records that document our National Experience.
Please post your experiences working with Michael over the years and feel free to offer your congratulations. We are looking for great stories to share at his retirement celebration in mid-February.
Congratulations, Michael. Thank you for your service.