Calendar Formats Added to Format Guidance

We have added Calendar Formats to Appendix A: Table of File Formats of NARA Bulletin 2014-04, Format Guidance for the Transfer of Permanent Records. Records in this format can now be transferred as permanent records to the National Archives. Typically, this format is used for electronic calendars. Electronic calendars allow users or groups to create … Continue reading Calendar Formats Added to Format Guidance

Release of Annual Records Management Report

We are pleased to announce the publication of NARA’s Federal Agency Records Management Annual Report, 2018.This consolidated report provides a summary analysis of the state of Federal records management programs across the Federal Government.  In March 2019, NARA required Federal agencies to submit three reports: the annual Senior Agency Official for Records Management (SAORM) Report, … Continue reading Release of Annual Records Management Report

Tropical Storm Dorian Approaches U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Florida

Tropical Storm Dorian is quickly strengthening and a hurricane watch is now in effect for the U. S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. According to the National Hurricane Center tracking information, near hurricane conditions are possible in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands today. Heavy rainfall could produce flash flooding during … Continue reading Tropical Storm Dorian Approaches U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Florida

Opportunity for Comment: Draft Bulletin – Agency Records Officer Credential Training and Renewal Policy

We are requesting comments on the draft NARA Bulletin, “Agency Records Officer Credential Training and Renewal Policy”. This draft Bulletin describes the replacement of NARA’s Certificate of Federal Records Management Training with the proposed Agency Records Officer Credential (AROC). The draft Bulletin also establishes the requirement for Agency Records Officers to periodically renew the credential. … Continue reading Opportunity for Comment: Draft Bulletin – Agency Records Officer Credential Training and Renewal Policy

New OMB/NARA Memorandum on Transition to Electronic Records

Late last week, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and NARA jointly issued a new memorandum with guidance on managing Federal records. The new memo, titled Transition To Electronic Records (OMB/NARA M-19-21) is available at https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/M-19-21.pdf NARA is pleased to have the Administration's continuing support for modernizing Federal agency recordkeeping and bringing about the … Continue reading New OMB/NARA Memorandum on Transition to Electronic Records

FRMC Digitization Cost Benefit Analysis Tools

The following is a guest post by Tammy Hudson, DHS Records Officer on behalf of the Federal Records Management Council. The Federal Records Management Council (FRMC) is a NARA-sponsored group of agency records officers that meet regularly to discuss records management challenges common to all agencies. A subcommittee of the FRMC worked independently to examine … Continue reading FRMC Digitization Cost Benefit Analysis Tools

Upcoming Changes in Records Management Training

Many of the significant changes to the Records Management Training Program occur at the end of this fiscal year.  We announced the changes that are underway in this April 2018 post and followed up with another post in July.  Over the past year we’ve also provided updates during BRIDG meetings. This post includes some of … Continue reading Upcoming Changes in Records Management Training

Webinar on May 30

Last month, the Archivist wrote on his blog about the changes we have implemented to our public comment process for pending records schedules. These changes have streamlined the public comment process by eliminating the need to request copies of proposed schedules based only on a short notice in the Federal Register. On Thursday, May 30, … Continue reading Webinar on May 30

Regulations with Digitization Standards for Temporary Records Issued

On April 10, 2019, we published on the Federal Register, the revised electronic records management regulation (final rule) found for 36 CFR Chapter XII, Subchapter B, Part 1236, Subpart D - Digitizing Temporary Federal Records. This regulation will be effective on May 10, 2019. It provides standards for digitizing and validating temporary Federal records to allow … Continue reading Regulations with Digitization Standards for Temporary Records Issued

Improving the Public Comment Process for Records Schedules

We are changing the process for public review and comment of proposed records schedules to one using the Federal eRulemaking Portal,  https://www.regulations.gov.  We posted a Federal Register notice detailing this change in process today. Currently, we publish notice in the Federal Register of agency records schedules open for comment. People who wish to review and comment … Continue reading Improving the Public Comment Process for Records Schedules