Completion of Goal 3.2 of the Managing Government Records Directive

We are  pleased to announce the completion of another target from the Managing Government Records Directive. Target 3.2 of the Directive was to complete an overhaul of our General Records Schedule (GRS). This project is complete with publication of General Records Schedule (GRS) Transmittal 29 (.pdf).  We’ve now completely superseded the old GRS! GRS Transmittal … Continue reading Completion of Goal 3.2 of the Managing Government Records Directive

Top 5 Reasons Why NA-1005 Forms for Capstone Email Are Rejected for Registration

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

The Capstone Approach and Legacy Email

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

More flexibility for managing permanent email under GRS 6.1!

Transmittal 26 includes a revision to GRS 6.1, Email Managed Under a Capstone Approach, that provides a more flexible period for transferring permanent email to NARA. Agencies raised concerns about transferring records containing highly sensitive or personally identifiable information (PII) 15 years after cutoff. The new instructions provide a retention band, allowing agencies to select … Continue reading More flexibility for managing permanent email under GRS 6.1!

Making Use of GRS Crosswalks

The following post is from the GRS Team. New schedules published in General Records Schedule (GRS) Transmittals are not one-to-one replacements of old schedules.  Crosswalks provide temporary bridges to help agencies understand what has changed in the GRS and how to convert superseded authorities to new authorities.  Once the new GRS is completed and in place … Continue reading Making Use of GRS Crosswalks

Update on FAR and GRS

In AC 31.2015, we discussed the fact that the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) had not yet caught up with General Records Schedule (GRS) 1.1, published September 2014 in GRS Transmittal 23.  This resulted in the FAR and the GRS stating different retention periods for records. We are pleased to announce that these necessary alterations to … Continue reading Update on FAR and GRS

Flexible Retentions in the GRS

Here is the next tip from our GRS Team.  Flexible retentions in the GRS: Your new best friend Many new GRS disposition instructions look like this:  “Destroy when 3 years old, but longer retention is authorized if required for business use.”  Some reviewers have criticized us for this latitude, and recommended that we state a … Continue reading Flexible Retentions in the GRS

Reminder: Capstone GRS Public Meeting

This is a reminder that NARA is holding an open public meeting on Thursday, May 21, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the McGowan Theater (basement level), National Archives and Records Administration downtown building, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to solicit comments on General Records Schedule 6.1: Email Managed under a Capstone Approach.  This … Continue reading Reminder: Capstone GRS Public Meeting

Whatever Happened to GRS Email and Word Processing Files?

Our GRS Team continues to work on updating the General Records Schedules. However, they also will be providing updates on particular questions that they receive. Consider this your GRS Tip of the Month! Whatever happened to GRS items for electronic mail and word processing files? NARA enacted a new policy in 1998: all new records schedules must … Continue reading Whatever Happened to GRS Email and Word Processing Files?