Oversight Activity Report Issued

Our office just released the first ever Semi-Annual Report of Records Management Oversight Activities. This report highlights themes, key observations, and recommendations for action we have identified while conducting recent oversight inspections. We hope this information is helpful to records officers and records management staff in federal agencies. This report summarizes records management oversight activities … Continue reading Oversight Activity Report Issued

Opportunity to Comment: Draft Universal Use Cases

We are requesting comments on our draft Universal Use Cases as part of our Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI). Through FERMI, we have been working to improve the way agencies acquire ERM services and solutions. The use cases are a part of the Electronic Records Management Federal Integrated Business Framework (ERM-FIBF) and can serve … Continue reading Opportunity to Comment: Draft Universal Use Cases

FAQ: Records Management During COVID-19 Pandemic

We have received several questions about managing Federal records during the COVID-19 pandemic, including questions about scheduling records and using the General Records Schedule (GRS).  We have collected these questions and responses in a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.  The FAQ has been posted to our website here.  If you have additional questions or require … Continue reading FAQ: Records Management During COVID-19 Pandemic

Release of Universal Electronic Records Management Requirements, Version 2

We are pleased to announce the release of the Universal Electronic Records Management (ERM) Requirements, Version 2 as part of our Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI). Through this initiative, we have been working to improve the way agencies acquire ERM services and solutions. We first released the Universal ERM Requirements in August 2017. We … Continue reading Release of Universal Electronic Records Management Requirements, Version 2

Current Operating Status

During the current public health national emergency, the Office of the Chief Records Officer for the U.S. Government remains ‘virtually’ open. All staff are 100% teleworking and our office is available to respond to questions or concerns. If you are unsure who to contact, our website contains a list of various email addresses. While we are … Continue reading Current Operating Status

Further Information on ICE Schedules in the News

There have been many stories in the news about Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) records and when these records will be eligible for destruction. Some of the more recent stories raise concerns about a three-year retention for “detainees’ complaints about civil rights violations and shoddy medical care.”  Any member of the public, including detainees in … Continue reading Further Information on ICE Schedules in the News

GRS uploaded to Data.Gov

We have posted searchable and manipulable versions of the General Records Schedules (GRS) in comma-separated value (.csv) format to test the usefulness of records schedule data in this format. The files contain the raw data, minus personally identifiable information (PII), exported from the Electronic Records Archives (ERA). The data files along with a data dictionary … Continue reading GRS uploaded to Data.Gov

Federal Records Officers Network (FRON)

The following is a guest post from the leaders of the Federal Records Officer Network. Established in 2013, the Federal Records Officers Network (FRON) is a community of federal records officers and professionals. The FRON was designed to provide an in-person and virtual forum to discuss common federal Records Management (RM) information and experiences. The … Continue reading Federal Records Officers Network (FRON)