RMSA 2014 released

We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Records Management-Self Assessment (RMSA) report is now available from our website (.pdf).

Acting Chief Records Officer for the U.S. Government Laurence Brewer said, “This is our sixth RMSA and we are very pleased to see real progress being made by agencies. We expect this improvement to continue, especially as agencies continue to work towards achieving the goals in the Managing Government Records Directive.”

Some highlights from 2014 data include:

  • Forty-one percent of agencies made improvements to their records management programs and increased their RMSA score.
  • RMSA findings and recommendations are consistent with the goals and requirements of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and NARA Managing Government Records Directive (M-12-18). We believe that improvement will continue as the requirements of the Directive are implemented and as NARA’s records management oversight activities persist.
  • Agencies have policies and procedures in place for email, but there is little or no auditing for compliance.
  • A majority of agencies are planning to implement the Capstone approach for managing their email.

NARA uses this annual self-assessment to determine whether Federal agencies are compliant with statutory and regulatory records management requirements, identify positive and negative trends, and areas where further guidance may be necessary.

Federal agencies use the annual self-assessment to identify strong and weak areas of their records management programs and determine the impact of changes they have made since the previous self-assessment.

As a whole, the data can be used to improve records management practices within the Federal Government.

If you have any questions regarding the RMSA, please feel free to leave a comment here on the blog or send an email to rmselfassessment@nara.gov