Revoked NARA Bulletins

Over the past several months, we have undertaken a review of NARA bulletins to determine if any require revisions or should be revoked. NARA Bulletin 2019-01 notifies agencies that the following bulletins are no longer needed or do not reflect current policy: Bulletin Number and Title Date Issued 2006-03: Availability of the Federal Enterprise Architecture Records … Continue reading Revoked NARA Bulletins

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

Webinar on May 30

Last month, the Archivist wrote on his blog about the changes we have implemented to our public comment process for pending records schedules. These changes have streamlined the public comment process by eliminating the need to request copies of proposed schedules based only on a short notice in the Federal Register. On Thursday, May 30, … Continue reading Webinar on May 30

More Common Questions about NARA’s Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI)

In this post, we are continuing to answer some of the common questions we’ve received about FERMI. This post focuses on questions about electronic records management approaches and how FERMI supports the transition to digital government. Please feel free to ask any additional questions here as a comment or email RMPolicy@nara.gov. Here are some common … Continue reading More Common Questions about NARA’s Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI)

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

Common Questions about NARA’s Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI)

We provided a general FERMI update last month. We wanted to take the opportunity to answer some of the common questions we’ve received about FERMI. We will be following up with a third post, so please feel free to ask any additional questions here as a comment or email RMPolicy@nara.gov. Here are some common questions … Continue reading Common Questions about NARA’s Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI)

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

Update on the Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI)

Here is the latest on the Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI), our effort to make it easier for Federal agencies to obtain electronic records management (ERM) services and solutions. Since last August when we hosted an Industry Day with GSA, we have been working on a number of FERMI-related projects. We are continuing to … Continue reading Update on the Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI)

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