Opportunity for Comment: FY 2022-2026 Draft Strategic Plan

The National Archives and Records Administration has posted its new draft Strategic Plan and is inviting feedback from staff, public and government customers, stakeholders, and colleagues in the archival, historical, and records management communities. The draft plan reaffirms our current Mission, Vision, Values, Transformational Outcomes, and Strategic Goals (see Strategic Plan (FY 2018–FY 2022). The … Continue reading Opportunity for Comment: FY 2022-2026 Draft Strategic Plan

Email in PDF – Pushing the (email) envelope.

https://catalog.archives.gov/id/45022 When NARA released its revised Format Guidance for the Transfer of Permanent Electronic Records in 2014, we identified the file formats acceptable for use by Federal agencies when transferring permanent email messages to NARA. These formats include EML, MBOX, MSG, and PST. Notable for its omission is PDF. This might seem surprising since regardless … Continue reading Email in PDF – Pushing the (email) envelope.

Disaster Preparedness during the Atlantic Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1st and runs through November 30th. The federal government expects another active Atlantic hurricane season in 2021, with forecasts predicting six to ten hurricanes forming.    We are providing the following helpful information to help prepare Federal agencies and records personnel that may have to deal with the effects of … Continue reading Disaster Preparedness during the Atlantic Hurricane Season

Federal Acquisition Service Training (FAST) Monthly Conference Series – Electronic Records Management

We will be presenting at an upcoming Federal Acquisition Service Training (FAST) Series on the Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI). GSA welcomes you to attend and hear about acquiring services and solutions for Electronic Records Management on April 22nd at 1:00 p.m. EST to discover best practices, tools and techniques to get the most … Continue reading Federal Acquisition Service Training (FAST) Monthly Conference Series – Electronic Records Management

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Release of Use Cases for Electronic Records Management

We are pleased to announce the posting of the Use Cases for Electronic Records Management!  We first shared drafts of the use cases on Records Express in April 2020. Thank you for all of your feedback.  We created the use cases as part of our Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI). Through FERMI, we have … Continue reading Release of Use Cases for Electronic Records Management

Records Management and FOIA: So Happy Together

Today on Records Express, guest author Alina M. Semo, Director of the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), the Federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Ombudsman’s office, discusses the vital role records management teams play in agencies’ responses to FOIA requests. You can read more about OGIS’s work at The FOIA Ombudsman and on their … Continue reading Records Management and FOIA: So Happy Together

Example Statement of Objectives for a Needs Assessment

As part of our Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI), we are working to make it easier for Federal agencies to obtain electronic records management (ERM) services and solutions that will meet their needs.  Agencies often request sample procurement documents from other agencies, such as Statements of Objectives, Statements of Work, Requests for Information, and … Continue reading Example Statement of Objectives for a Needs Assessment

Proposed Digitization Regulation for Permanent Records

This post comes from Michael Horsley and Kevin De Vorsey As a reminder, we are calling attention to the proposed digitization regulations for permanent records which were posted on the Federal Register for public review and comment.  Comments are due on or before February 1, 2021. To make a comment, please follow the instructions in … Continue reading Proposed Digitization Regulation for Permanent Records