New OMB/NARA Memorandum on Transition to Electronic Records

Late last week, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and NARA jointly issued a new memorandum with guidance on managing Federal records. The new memo, titled Transition To Electronic Records (OMB/NARA M-19-21) is available at https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/M-19-21.pdf NARA is pleased to have the Administration's continuing support for modernizing Federal agency recordkeeping and bringing about the … Continue reading New OMB/NARA Memorandum on Transition to Electronic Records

Update on ICE Schedule

NARA is in the final stages of our records scheduling process with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for schedule DAA-0567-2015-0013, Detainee Records. 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. The schedule, which covers records related … Continue reading Update on ICE Schedule

FRMC Digitization Cost Benefit Analysis Tools

The following is a guest post by Tammy Hudson, DHS Records Officer on behalf of the Federal Records Management Council. The Federal Records Management Council (FRMC) is a NARA-sponsored group of agency records officers that meet regularly to discuss records management challenges common to all agencies. A subcommittee of the FRMC worked independently to examine … Continue reading FRMC Digitization Cost Benefit Analysis Tools

Vendors Under Schedule 36 Can Now Submit Demos to GSA

We are pleased to announce vendors with contracts under GSA Schedule 36, Special Item Number 51-600, Electronic Records Management Solutions, can now submit demos to GSA! As part of our Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI) we have been working with GSA’s Schedule 36 team to create a market research tool where agencies can view … Continue reading Vendors Under Schedule 36 Can Now Submit Demos to GSA

Upcoming Changes in Records Management Training

Many of the significant changes to the Records Management Training Program occur at the end of this fiscal year.  We announced the changes that are underway in this April 2018 post and followed up with another post in July.  Over the past year we’ve also provided updates during BRIDG meetings. This post includes some of … Continue reading Upcoming Changes in Records Management Training

Regulations with Digitization Standards for Temporary Records Issued

On April 10, 2019, we published on the Federal Register, the revised electronic records management regulation (final rule) found for 36 CFR Chapter XII, Subchapter B, Part 1236, Subpart D - Digitizing Temporary Federal Records. This regulation will be effective on May 10, 2019. It provides standards for digitizing and validating temporary Federal records to allow … Continue reading Regulations with Digitization Standards for Temporary Records Issued

Improving the Public Comment Process for Records Schedules

We are changing the process for public review and comment of proposed records schedules to one using the Federal eRulemaking Portal,  https://www.regulations.gov.  We posted a Federal Register notice detailing this change in process today. Currently, we publish notice in the Federal Register of agency records schedules open for comment. People who wish to review and comment … Continue reading Improving the Public Comment Process for Records Schedules

Blockchain White Paper

We are pleased to announce the release of our Blockchain White Paper. The white paper began as an internal effort to assist NARA staff in learning more about the technology and how agencies are using it. While it includes a very high-level overview of the technical aspects of blockchain, it is useful to records managers … Continue reading Blockchain White Paper

Next Steps with DOI Records Schedule

We have been posting updates on the status of our ongoing appraisal of Department of the Interior’s proposed big-bucket records schedule. Now that the period for public comment has closed, we would like to provide an update on the next steps in this process. First, we would like to thank everyone who took the time … Continue reading Next Steps with DOI Records Schedule