Request for Feedback on the Universal Electronic Records Management Requirements

We first released the Universal Electronic Records Management Requirements in August 2017. We released Version 2 in April 2020. These requirements marked the first major milestone in the Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI). These requirements identify high level business needs for managing electronic records and come from existing NARA regulations, policy, and guidance.  We … Continue reading Request for Feedback on the Universal Electronic Records Management Requirements

Building and Sustaining a Digital Preservation Program at NARA

This post was written by Elizabeth England and Leslie Johnston, Digital Preservation, Office of the Deputy Archivist of the United States. On World Digital Preservation Day, it seems appropriate to share how NARA has developed its digital preservation program in recent years to ensure that the electronic records of the United States government truly are … Continue reading Building and Sustaining a Digital Preservation Program at NARA

Release of Quantum Information Science and Technology White Paper

Feynman diagram from 10-inch bubble chamber run at Bevatron. Richard Phillips Feynman, American theoretical physicist. Photograph taken March 26, 1956. Bubble Chamber-78. We are pleased to announce the release of a white paper on the records management implications of Quantum Information Science and Technology (QIST). This is the third in a series of white papers—the … Continue reading Release of Quantum Information Science and Technology White Paper

Hurricane Ian Approaching Florida

Hurricane Ian has strengthened as it moves north-northeastward over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. NOAA is currently reporting that a life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds are increasingly likely along much of the Florida west coast. While the immediate focus is on the Florida west coast – it is important to note that heavy rainfall … Continue reading Hurricane Ian Approaching Florida

Opportunity for Comment: Draft Bulletin on Storing Radiographic Film Records

We are requesting comments on a draft NARA Bulletin, “Guidance on Storing Radiographic Film Records”.   Please send comments or questions to rmstandards@nara.gov by October 14, 2022. This draft Bulletin provides agencies with general storage guidance for managing radiographic film as federal records, in accordance with 36 CFR Chapter XII Subchapter B, Parts 1234 and 1237.   We developed this bulletin to … Continue reading Opportunity for Comment: Draft Bulletin on Storing Radiographic Film Records

Opportunity for Comment: Draft Bulletin on Expanding Capstone

We are requesting comments on a draft NARA Bulletin: Expanding the Use of a Role-Based Approach (Capstone) for Electronic Messages. Please send comments or questions to rmpolicy@nara.gov by September 30, 2022. This bulletin recognizes that the use of additional types of electronic messaging often now replaces conversations previously occurring over email. A role-based approach for managing email records, … Continue reading Opportunity for Comment: Draft Bulletin on Expanding Capstone

OGIS Publishes FOIA Compliance Self-Assessment

This is cross-posted from The FOIA Ombudsman The Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) is pleased to announce the publication of our latest report, “Assessing Freedom of Information Act Compliance through the National Archives and Records Administration’s 2021 Records Management Self-Assessment.” The latest Records Management Self-Assessment (RMSA) shows that the COVID-19 pandemic remained a challenge … Continue reading OGIS Publishes FOIA Compliance Self-Assessment

ReMIS Update

The National Records Management Training Program recently posted a new video on our YouTube channel called What is Records Management Instructional Support (ReMIS). This short video describes the scope of our Records Management Instruction Support (ReMIS) service. This free service assists agencies by providing consulting on the design and development of records management training and … Continue reading ReMIS Update

Release of Annual Records Management Report

We are pleased to announce the publication of NARA’s Federal Agency Records Management Annual Report, 2021. This consolidated report provides a summary analysis of the state of records management programs across the federal government. In January 2022, NARA required federal agencies to submit three reports: the annual Senior Agency Official for Records Management (SAORM) Report, … Continue reading Release of Annual Records Management Report

Reminder of NARA Resources for Damaged Records

Many agency staff are returning to offices again as government buildings open without limits on days and hours of operation. As staff return, they may discover records damaged by water, mold, insects, vermin, or other problems. We would like to remind the federal records management community of the resources we have available to help you … Continue reading Reminder of NARA Resources for Damaged Records