Our office held a webinar for federal agencies on January 24, 2023. Topics presented in this webinar included: a discussion of NARA Bulletin 2023-02, Expanding the Use of a Role-Based Approach (Capstone) for Electronic Messages; the expanded GRS 6.1, Email and Other Electronic Messages Managed under a Capstone Approach; and the resubmission requirements for the … Continue reading Expanding Capstone Webinar
Use of electronic messaging often now replaces conversations previously occurring over email. Agencies have been striving to meet the challenges of applying federal records management requirements to electronic messages. To help with this challenge, we have recently issued several guidance products allowing agencies to apply the same Capstone approach for email to electronic messages. While … Continue reading Recent Capstone Updates From NARA
https://catalog.archives.gov/id/45022 When NARA released its revised Format Guidance for the Transfer of Permanent Electronic Records in 2014, we identified the file formats acceptable for use by Federal agencies when transferring permanent email messages to NARA. These formats include EML, MBOX, MSG, and PST. Notable for its omission is PDF. This might seem surprising since regardless … Continue reading Email in PDF – Pushing the (email) envelope.
Over the past few weeks, there have been several articles written describing upcoming changes Google is in the process of rolling out to their email service. One of these features, “confidential mode,” allows senders to select how long the recipient will be able to read and access the messages, disables forwarding or copying/pasting, and sets … Continue reading Email System Features and Records Management
Email records include fields of information such as the sender, recipient, date, and subject that may be considered to be a form of metadata. However, since these fields can be populated in multiple ways, they may not provide sufficient information to make email records retrievable and useable for as long as they are needed. Agencies … Continue reading Why does NARA ask for additional metadata for email records?
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
We have a few tips to assist agencies as they prepare an NA-1005 for approval to use GRS 6.1 and to ensure the process goes quickly and smoothly. The following list contains the top 5 reasons a NA-1005 might be returned for revisions after being submitted for registration. Not using the most recent form. The … Continue reading Top 5 Reasons Why NA-1005 Forms for Capstone Email Are Rejected for Registration
Agencies using GRS 6.1, Email Managed Under a Capstone Approach, are expected to apply items the agency uses to all existing email, including legacy email. Legacy email is defined as email that still exists in an electronic format, at the time of Capstone implementation (see GRS 6.1 FAQ #19). When submitting an NA-1005 form, agencies … Continue reading The Capstone Approach and Legacy Email
We are pleased to announce the first two agencies approved to use General Records Schedule (GRS) 6.1 for email managed under a Capstone approach are the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the National Security Agency (NSA). Goal 1.2 of the Managing Government Records Directive (M-12-18) (.pdf) requires all agencies to manage permanent and temporary … Continue reading First Approvals to Use Capstone GRS
We are pleased to announce the publication of the Criteria for Managing Email Records in Compliance with the Managing Government Records Directive (M-12-18). The criteria was developed to provide clarification of the existing requirements directly related to email management. It is a synthesis of the statutory, regulatory, and NARA guidance requirements. Agencies should use this … Continue reading Criteria for Managing Email Records