February BRIDG Meeting

Please mark your calendars for the next BRIDG meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, 2013.

The meeting will be held at the National Archives and Records Administration downtown building, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (Metrorail’s Yellow or Green lines to the Archives/Navy Memorial station) in the McGowan Theater. Please enter on the Constitution Avenue side of the building, the “Special Events” entrance (which is actually the exit for the general public).

We will begin with an informal networking hour from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Washington Room (mezzanine level). The BRIDG meeting will run from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the McGowan Theater (basement level). Following BRIDG, a Staff Meet and Greet for all Federal agency attendees who work with Appraisal Team 1 will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Jefferson Room (mezzanine level). At subsequent BRIDG meetings, we will continue to hold  Meet and Greet sessions for agency attendees that work with one of the other three appraisal teams.

Meeting agenda items include the following:

·        PRMD Guidance and Projects

Laurence Brewer, Director, National Records Management Program, and William Bridges, Director, National Records Management Training Program

Mr. Brewer and Dr. Bridges will discuss NARA’s guidance and projects to assist agencies in meeting the training requirements in the Presidential Records Management Directive

·        WNRC Storage Update

Chris Pinkney, Acting Director, Washington National Records Center

Mr. Pinkney will provide an overview of the current organization of the WNRC as well as updates on facility issues, operations, and classified records

·        Permanent Records Capture Team

Matthew Eidson, Supervisor, Permanent Records Capture Team

Mr. Eidson will give an overview of the recently established Office of the Chief Records Officer Team, its mission and priorities, and mode of interaction with Research Services and Federal agencies

·        Accessioning Resources

Dawn Sherman-Fells, Accessioning  Archivist, Research Services

Ms. Sherman-Fells will introduce the Research Services’ accessioning team’s web site, including information for agencies on transferring records to NARA

Please visit this link (http://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/meetings/webcast-instructions.html) to view the steps you will need to take to view the webcast.

NARA will provide free wi-fi to on-site participants in the McGowan Theater. We will also be monitoring questions from both the on-site and remote audiences through Twitter. If you would like to ask a question or make a comment, please use the #NARABRIDG hashtag.

To reserve a place for the Agency Services-BRIDG meeting and/or the pre-BRIDG networking hour, please provide your name, telephone number, and agency name via email to rm.communications@nara.gov, no later than Monday, February 11, 2013. You may reserve places for several staff in the same email, but for security purposes we must have each individual’s name, telephone number, and email address. If you would like to attend the pre-BRIDG networking hour, please RSVP in your email response, so that we can determine an accurate headcount for catering. You do not need to RSVP if you plan to attend via the webcast.

To reserve a place for the Appraisal Team 1 Meet and Greet, a reservation is required. This meeting will provide an opportunity to meet with Appraisal Archivists and the supervisor from Appraisal Team 1, FRC account representatives, textual and electronic records accessioning staff, declassification and ERA training staff, and staff from the Permanent Records Capture Team. Agencies in Team 1 include, but are not limited to: Department of Justice, Treasury, Judicial agencies, and General Services Administration among others. All agencies listed as part of Team 1 are encouraged to attend this meeting.

Please email Shannon Olsen at shannon.olsen@nara.gov, or call 301-837-3486 if you need assistance.

NARA encourages agencies to participate at BRIDG by presenting best practices or lessons learned that would be helpful to other attending agencies. If you wish to lead a discussion, please reply to this RM Communications. NARA reserves the right to postpone or cancel a meeting at any time. We will make every effort to contact registrants by e-mail and telephone if that occurs, so complete information at the time of registration is very important. Meetings WILL BE CANCELED if the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announces a “closed,” “unscheduled leave,” “liberal leave,” or “delayed arrival” policy for Federal employees for that day or if there has been an elevation to threat level RED in the Homeland Security status. Official Government closing and leave information is located on the OPM web site at www.opm.gov.