New Guidance Posted

Last week, our office released two NARA Bulletins for Federal agencies. The first, NARA Bulletin 2020-01, is the guidance answering common questions and providing clarifications to the OMB/NARA Memorandum M-19-21: Transition to Electronic Records. This Bulletin is the additional guidance required by the Memorandum.  We have received many questions from agencies, including general questions, exception … Continue reading New Guidance Posted

Release of Annual Records Management Report

We are pleased to announce the publication of NARA’s Federal Agency Records Management Annual Report, 2019. This consolidated report provides a summary analysis of the state of federal records management programs across the Federal Government. The 2019 reporting period began in January 2020 and was extended into May due to COVID-19. NARA required federal agencies … Continue reading Release of Annual Records Management Report

New Director of Records Management Training

Christopher “Eddie” Kline joined our staff as the new Director of Records Management Training program in May and we asked him a few questions. New Records Management Training program director, Christopher "Eddie" Kline 1 First, What is your general background? Prior to coming onboard at NARA, I served as a training Section Chief and lead … Continue reading New Director of Records Management Training

FERMI Collaboration Day

On Thursday, August 6, we co-hosted a virtual Collaboration Day with the General Services Administration (GSA) on electronic records management solutions. The Collaboration Day was part of our Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI).  At the event, we provided updates including the release of Version 2 of the Universal Electronic Records Management Requirements, our work … Continue reading FERMI Collaboration Day

Disaster Preparedness during Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season is already underway, with Tropical Storm Isaias causing considerable damage as it made landfall last week. NOAA is predicting “an extremely active” hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin.  As a result, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind Federal agencies and records personnel dealing with the effects of Isaias, or … Continue reading Disaster Preparedness during Hurricane Season

Navigational Charts added to NARA’s Format Guidance Bulletin

This post is written by Sharmila Bhatia and Michael Horsley. We have added Navigational Charts 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.  NAID 1022792431799 A Map of the … Continue reading Navigational Charts added to NARA’s Format Guidance Bulletin

Oversight Activity Report Issued

Our office just released the first ever Semi-Annual Report of Records Management Oversight Activities. This report highlights themes, key observations, and recommendations for action we have identified while conducting recent oversight inspections. We hope this information is helpful to records officers and records management staff in federal agencies. This report summarizes records management oversight activities … Continue reading Oversight Activity Report Issued

Opportunity to Comment: Draft Universal Use Cases

We are requesting comments on our draft Universal Use Cases as part of our Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI). Through FERMI, we have been working to improve the way agencies acquire ERM services and solutions. The use cases are a part of the Electronic Records Management Federal Integrated Business Framework (ERM-FIBF) and can serve … Continue reading Opportunity to Comment: Draft Universal Use Cases

FAQ: Records Management During COVID-19 Pandemic

We have received several questions about managing Federal records during the COVID-19 pandemic, including questions about scheduling records and using the General Records Schedule (GRS).  We have collected these questions and responses in a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.  The FAQ has been posted to our website here.  If you have additional questions or require … Continue reading FAQ: Records Management During COVID-19 Pandemic