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

February BRIDG Meeting Recap

Last week, we held our February Bimonthly Records and Information Discussion Group (BRIDG) meeting. Almost 200 records professionals from across the Federal Government attended in person or watched our live stream. One of our goals for this year is to provide summaries of BRIDG meetings here on Records Express. The highlight of the meeting was a surprise … Continue reading February BRIDG Meeting Recap

Records Management of Social Media and Electronic Records

We have been receiving questions about the records management responsibilities for content created in social media and through the use of electronic messages. We would like to remind Federal agencies that we have issued guidance on both of these topics: NARA Bulletin 2014-02 for Guidance on Managing Social Media Records, and NARA Bulletin 2015-02 for … Continue reading Records Management of Social Media and Electronic Records

RM Reporting Period Open

Yesterday we opened the records management reporting period, covering activities for 2016. The period runs from January 9, 2017, to March 17, 2017. Agencies should have already received additional communications with full details and instructions from our office. This year, we are asking agencies to report the following: Records Management Self-Assessment (RMSA) and Federal Email Management Reports. … Continue reading RM Reporting Period Open

Agency Responsibilities for Managing Web Records

We sent the following message to Federal agencies this morning. MEMORANDUM TO FEDERAL AGENCIES CONTACTS: Agency Responsibilities for Managing Web Records at the End of the Administration Agencies must identify and manage all Federal records on agency websites in accordance with NARA guidance. We remind all agencies that this includes scheduling and disposition of web content, … Continue reading Agency Responsibilities for Managing Web Records