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

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)

Annual Reporting Period Opens

Today we open our annual records management reporting period. This year’s reporting period covers activities in 2019 and runs until March 13, 2020. Agencies should have already received additional communications with full details and instructions from our office. This year, we are asking agencies to report on the following: Records Management Self-Assessment (RMSA) and Federal Electronic … Continue reading Annual Reporting Period Opens

Federal Data Strategy 2020 Action Plan

We are pleased to announce the Federal Data Strategy 2020 Action Plan has been released! The Federal Records Act governs the lifecycle of data when created and used in the same context of a Federal record. As such, NARA is engaged with the Federal Data Strategy Team to ensure records management is considered where applicable … Continue reading Federal Data Strategy 2020 Action Plan

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Scheduled Approved

On December 11, 2019, the Archivist of the United States approved a request for disposition authority from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for Detainee Records (schedule DAA-0567-2015-0013). This schedule was originally proposed to NARA on October 26, 2015. NARA published notice of the pending schedule in the Federal Register on July 14, 2017. … Continue reading Immigration and Customs Enforcement Scheduled Approved

Request for Feedback on the Universal Electronic Records Management Requirements

We released the Universal Electronic Records Management Requirements in August 2017. These requirements marked the first major milestone in the Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI). These requirements identify high level business needs for managing electronic records and come from existing NARA regulations, policy, and guidance.  We are now in the process of reviewing the … Continue reading Request for Feedback on the Universal Electronic Records Management Requirements

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

New NARA Bulletin on Agency Records Officer Credential Training and Renewal Policy

We have released a new Bulletin on Agency Records Officer training, NARA Bulletin 2019-02. The purpose of this Bulletin is to describe the replacement of NARA’s Certificate of Federal Records Management Training with the new Agency Records Officer Credential (AROC). The Bulletin also establishes the requirement for Agency Records Officers to periodically renew the credential. … Continue reading New NARA Bulletin on Agency Records Officer Credential Training and Renewal Policy