Regulations with Digitization Standards for Temporary Records Issued

On April 10, 2019, we published on the Federal Register, the revised electronic records management regulation (final rule) found for 36 CFR Chapter XII, Subchapter B, Part 1236, Subpart D - Digitizing Temporary Federal Records. This regulation will be effective on May 10, 2019. It provides standards for digitizing and validating temporary Federal records to allow … Continue reading Regulations with Digitization Standards for Temporary Records Issued

Common Questions about NARA’s Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI)

We provided a general FERMI update last month. We wanted to take the opportunity to answer some of the common questions we’ve received about FERMI. We will be following up with a third post, so please feel free to ask any additional questions here as a comment or email RMPolicy@nara.gov. Here are some common questions … Continue reading Common Questions about NARA’s Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI)

Improving the Public Comment Process for Records Schedules

We are changing the process for public review and comment of proposed records schedules to one using the Federal eRulemaking Portal,  https://www.regulations.gov.  We posted a Federal Register notice detailing this change in process today. Currently, we publish notice in the Federal Register of agency records schedules open for comment. People who wish to review and comment … Continue reading Improving the Public Comment Process for Records Schedules

Update on the Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI)

Here is the latest on the Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI), our effort to make it easier for Federal agencies to obtain electronic records management (ERM) services and solutions. Since last August when we hosted an Industry Day with GSA, we have been working on a number of FERMI-related projects. We are continuing to … Continue reading Update on the Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI)

Blockchain White Paper

We are pleased to announce the release of our Blockchain White Paper. The white paper began as an internal effort to assist NARA staff in learning more about the technology and how agencies are using it. While it includes a very high-level overview of the technical aspects of blockchain, it is useful to records managers … Continue reading Blockchain White Paper

Next Steps with DOI Records Schedule

We have been posting updates on the status of our ongoing appraisal of Department of the Interior’s proposed big-bucket records schedule. Now that the period for public comment has closed, we would like to provide an update on the next steps in this process. First, we would like to thank everyone who took the time … Continue reading Next Steps with DOI Records Schedule

Additional Background on DOI Records Schedule

On October 26, we posted about the proposed big bucket records schedule submitted by the Department of the Interior (DOI). The post also included information on how to submit comments through the Federal Register process which all records schedules containing items proposed for temporary retention must follow. We are accepting comments through November 26. The … Continue reading Additional Background on DOI Records Schedule

Bureau of Consumer Finance Protection Proposed Records Schedule

Today a notice of the availability of records schedules for comments was posted in the Federal Register. This includes a proposed schedule, DAA-0587-2018-0001, from the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP), also known as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, covering website content duplicative of original information maintained by program offices. NARA is in the final … Continue reading Bureau of Consumer Finance Protection Proposed Records Schedule

Department of Interior Updating Their Records Schedule

Many of our readers may have seen recent items in the news media, social media or on listservs that make it seem like the Department of the Interior is making an unusual request to destroy Federal Records. We have been busily responding to inquiries about this schedule from individuals and the press for a few … Continue reading Department of Interior Updating Their Records Schedule

Updating our Website

Starting on Friday afternoon, we will be updating the content on our records management web page, located at https://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt.  These updates will be completed by Monday morning, October 15th. We have been looking at our records management web page and how our information is organized.  We analyzed how users are interacting with the site, including … Continue reading Updating our Website