Approved Records Storage Facilities

Rick Blondo, NARA’s Federal Records Storage Facility Standards compliance manager, is pleased to announce the online availability of the list of commercial records storage facilities approved by NARA for use by the Federal agencies or entities that certified them to NARA as compliant with 36 CFR 1234. It is File 10 (.pdf) of the Federal Records … Continue reading Approved Records Storage Facilities

Updated: Federal Agency Records Management Report

Last week, we announced the release of the 2016 Federal Agency Records Management Report. We have since re-issued this report to correct data errors in the email scores column of Appendix V. The Records Management Self-Assessment (RMSA) and Senior Agency Official for Records Management Report (SAORM) sections were not affected and remain unchanged in the revised … Continue reading Updated: Federal Agency Records Management Report

2016 Annual RM Report Released

We are pleased to announce the publication of the National Archives and Records Administration’s Federal Agency Records Management Annual Report, 2016.  In 2016, we 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 Email Management Report. We … Continue reading 2016 Annual RM Report Released

Hurricane Redux: Hurricane Maria Targets Puerto Rico, USVI, and Threatens Mainland U.S.

As Hurricane Maria, now a Category 5 hurricane, bears down on Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, before possibly turning northeast and threatening the east coast of the U.S, we again remind Agency Records Officers that NARA posts records emergency information and other useful guidance to pass along to other agency personnel. This information is … Continue reading Hurricane Redux: Hurricane Maria Targets Puerto Rico, USVI, and Threatens Mainland U.S.

Update: NARA’s Draft Strategic Plan, 2018-2022

The NARA draft strategic plan has been updated and submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for their review.  We want to offer our sincere thank you to all who provided us with comments and questions. We made a number of changes to this version. The most obvious change is that we added … Continue reading Update: NARA’s Draft Strategic Plan, 2018-2022

Hurricane Harvey Landfall in Texas

UPDATE (August 29): Harvey has made landfall in Texas. However, the information below is still valuable for Federal agencies and records personnel dealing with the effects of this storm. In advance of Hurricane Harvey, we remind Agency Records Officers that NARA posts records emergency information and other useful guidance to pass along to other agency … Continue reading Hurricane Harvey Landfall in Texas

Opportunity for Comment: Draft SAORM Bulletin

We are requesting comments on a draft Bulletin entitled “Guidance on Senior Agency Officials for Records Management.” The draft is available here (.pdf) We anticipate releasing this Bulletin by the end of the fiscal year. It was developed to consolidate guidance on the SAORM position and to clarify their roles and responsibilities. The Bulletin also … Continue reading Opportunity for Comment: Draft SAORM Bulletin

Managing National Security Information Course Offering

We will be hosting a one-day training course, “Managing the Lifecycle of National Security Information” on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Archives II in College Park, MD. This course is a one-day course designed to improve the management of classified records in the intelligence, law enforcement, and defense communities by integrating records management, information security, and … Continue reading Managing National Security Information Course Offering

Review of Accessioned Email

NARA is receiving more schedules and NA-1005 forms for Federal Records Act (FRA) email scheduled under a Capstone approach, raising questions about how we screen permanent email for public access and what agencies and requesters can expect when having access to these records. While we have taken legal custody of a number of Federal agency email … Continue reading Review of Accessioned Email

Records Management Training Opportunities in April

Spring is a great time to earn NARA’s Certificate of Records Management by enrolling in our Knowledge Area (KA) courses.  We offer a Certificate of Federal Records Management Training to individuals who successfully complete Knowledge Area courses 2-6 and pass exams associated with each course. Upon completion of the courses and exams, participants will receive … Continue reading Records Management Training Opportunities in April