2015 SAO Reports Analysis

We are pleased to announce the 2015 Senior Agency Official for Records Management (SAORM) Annual Reports Analysis is now available (.pdf).

David Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States, said:

Working together, NARA and all agencies continue to make progress on the key goals and requirements in the Directive. For us to succeed as a records management community, the SAORMs in each agency must drive the change that needs to happen if we are to realize the vision of a digital Government. Based on the data summarized in this report, we are making progress, but there is still much work to do.

The analysis shows that SAORMs reported they:

  • Will meet the email target by the end of this year (92%).
  • Will meet the target to manage permanent electronic records in an electronic format by the end of 2019 (92%).
  • Are taking actions to ensure records in non-official messaging accounts are captured in an official account within 20 days (83%).
  • Will submit schedules for all existing paper and other non-electronic records by the end of 2016 (91%).
  • Are preparing for the upcoming change in Presidential administration (79%).

In addition, a majority of SAORMs indicate they are considering or using the Capstone Approach for managing email records.

This year, in the interest of transparency and open government we posted all SAORM reports on our website for all to view. We plan to continue to post future SAORM reports to the website.

We also released the 2015 Records Management Self Assessment (RMSA) in July. We encourage you to review both the 2015 SAORM Annual Report Analysis and the 2015 RMSA.

In the fall, we will send agencies information about the upcoming 2016 reporting cycle. If you have any questions about the SAORM reporting process, please leave a comment or contact PRMD@nara.gov.