Release of Annual Records Management Report

We are pleased to announce the publication of NARA’s Federal Agency Records Management Annual Report, 2019. This consolidated report provides a summary analysis of the state of federal records management programs across the Federal Government.


The 2019 reporting period began in January 2020 and was extended into May due to COVID-19. NARA required federal agencies to submit three reports: the annual Senior Agency Official for Records Management (SAORM) Report, the annual Records Management Self-Assessment (RMSA), and a supplemental Federal Electronic Records and Email Management Maturity Report. Taken together, all three submissions demonstrate the progress and challenges faced by all federal agencies as they continue the transition to fully electronic recordkeeping, as established in June 2019 by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)/NARA government-wide policy memorandum, Transition to Electronic Records (M-19-21). This year’s report offers new information and insight into electronic records management, particularly from data received in the new Federal Electronic Records and Email Management Maturity Report.

While most agencies are following recordkeeping requirements prescribed by federal statutes and regulations, there remains room for improvement, particularly in managing historically valuable electronic records. NARA is committed to providing the guidance and oversight necessary to ensure that all federal agencies continue to improve their recordkeeping policies and practices. 

Please send any questions or comments about the report to rmselfassessment@nara.gov.

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