Category Archives: General

Opportunity for Comment: Draft Training Bulletin

We are requesting comments on a draft Bulletin entitled “Agency Records Management Training Requirements.” The draft is available here. We anticipate releasing this Bulletin later this year. It was developed to support  the July release of OMB Circular A-130, as … Continue reading

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Release of Electronic Messages White Paper

We are pleased to announce the release of the Electronic Messages White Paper. Throughout fiscal year 2016, NARA conducted research to assess current practices in Federal agencies regarding the management of electronic messages and use of electronic messaging technology. This white … Continue reading

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Veterans Affairs Records Management Symposium

We have been asked to share news about this event by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This post was updated on Monday, August 15. 2016 VA Records Management Symposium Topic: Management of Information and Records Into the Future Date: August 30, 2016 … Continue reading

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Regulations Update

We are pleased to announce that we have submitted proposed rules affecting records management regulations to the Office of the Federal Register. We are proposing these regulation changes to reflect the Managing Government Records Directive (.pdf) and updates to the Federal Records Act. … Continue reading

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2015 RMSA Released

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Records Management-Self Assessment (RMSA) report has been posted to our website (.pdf). In FY 2015, all 260 agencies that received the RMSA completed the self-assessment. This includes all Cabinet-level department records officers, departmental … Continue reading

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New Transition Related Materials

We have recently published three new materials to help agencies in advance of the upcoming transition of administrations. Two of the products are targeted at political appointees, a video briefing and 1-page handout. Each are titled “Records Management Guidance for … Continue reading

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FOIA Improvement Act of 2016

President Barack Obama signed into law the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 last week. This law codifies many of the Administration’s openness policies and initiatives into the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and advances open government. It also highlights the … Continue reading

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New Chief Records Officer Named

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Laurence Brewer as the new Chief Records Officer for the U.S. Government effective May 1, 2016. Laurence has been acting in this role since Paul Wester’s departure in October 2015. Since joining … Continue reading

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Instructions and template for big bucket crosswalks

In the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Flexible Scheduling, NARA states that agencies must create a crosswalk when preparing records schedules with big bucket schedule items. We are now providing a crosswalk template and instructions (see the last link on … Continue reading

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Proposed Rules for Records Management Regulations

We are pleased to announce that we have submitted proposed rules affecting records management regulations to the Office of the Federal Register. We are proposing these regulation changes to reflect the Managing Government Records Directive and updates to the Federal … Continue reading

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