Cancellation of RACO 2013

The following numbered AC Memo (AC 17.2013) was issued this morning

I am writing to inform you that as a consequence of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Memorandum M-13-05, Agency Responsibilities for Implementation of Potential Joint Committee Sequestration, and the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) implementing guidance of this directive, we have decided to cancel this year’s RACO conference and annual Archivist Achievement Awards for Records Management.

As I am sure you are all aware, sequestration requires each Federal agency to make difficult choices. To comply with the OMB memo, NARA has applied increased scrutiny to all spending related to its conferences. As a result, after much analysis and discussion, we have determined that we should not proceed with RACO 2013.

We will continue to share critical government-wide records management information through the Federal Records Council and the Bi-monthly Records and Information Discussion Group (BRIDG) meetings, as well as our Records Express blog.

If you have any questions about this announcement, please feel free to contact me or Laurence Brewer, Director, National Records Management Program, at (301) 837-1539 or by email to

Chief Records Officer
for the U.S. Government