FERMI Industry Day

On Monday, August 6, we co-hosted an Industry Day with the General Services Administration (GSA) to begin the next phase of the Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI).  The Industry Day provided vendors with information about NARA’s Use Cases for Electronic Messages. Vendors will use this information to produce demos of how their products manage … Continue reading FERMI Industry Day

Industry Day for Electronic Messages on August 6

We will be co-hosting an Industry Day with GSA on August 6 to launch the next phase of our Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI). The Industry Day will be held from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Eastern in the McGowan Theater at the National Archives Building. We will announce how vendors listed on GSA … Continue reading Industry Day for Electronic Messages on August 6

What is FERMI?

You may have heard us talk about FERMI at recent events and you may have wondered, what is FERMI? Why is NARA talking about 20th Century physicists? In reality FERMI is the shorthand for the Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI). FERMI emerged from the Automated Electronic Records Management Plan, written to support the Managing Government … Continue reading What is FERMI?

Opportunity to Comment: Draft ERM Federal Integrated Business Framework and Use Cases for Electronic Messages

We are requesting comments on two draft documents as part of our Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI). The documents are the Electronic Records Management Federal Integrated Business Framework (ERM-FIBF) (Excel spreadsheet) and the Use Cases for Electronic Messages (Word document). Through FERMI, we have been working to improve the way agencies acquire ERM services and solutions. … Continue reading Opportunity to Comment: Draft ERM Federal Integrated Business Framework and Use Cases for Electronic Messages

Records Management Priorities for 2017

Earlier this week, the Archivist of the United States sent a memorandum to Senior Agency Officials for Records Management (SAORM) and agency records officers. The memo reminds them of their federal records and information management responsibilities and specifically addresses three high visibility priorities for 2017: electronic messaging and encrypted messages; managing web records; and ensuring … Continue reading Records Management Priorities for 2017

Records Management of Social Media and Electronic Records

We have been receiving questions about the records management responsibilities for content created in social media and through the use of electronic messages. We would like to remind Federal agencies that we have issued guidance on both of these topics: NARA Bulletin 2014-02 for Guidance on Managing Social Media Records, and NARA Bulletin 2015-02 for … Continue reading Records Management of Social Media and Electronic Records

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 paper represents NARA’s findings as of March 2016. On the whole, NARA’s research indicates that … Continue reading Release of Electronic Messages White Paper

Release of NARA Bulletin 2015-02: Guidance on Managing Electronic Messages

We are pleased to announce the issuance of NARA Bulletin 2015-02, Guidance on Managing Electronic Messages. This Bulletin applies to text messaging, chat/instant messaging, messaging functionality in social media tools or apps, voice messaging, and similar forms of electronic messaging systems. The Bulletin addresses the new definition for electronic messages and other issues covered in … Continue reading Release of NARA Bulletin 2015-02: Guidance on Managing Electronic Messages

Opportunity for Comment: Managing Electronic Messages

We are requesting comments on a draft NARA Bulletin entitled “Guidance on Managing Electronic Messages." This draft Bulletin applies to text messaging, chat/instant messaging, messaging functionality in social media tools or apps, voice messaging, and similar forms of electronic messaging systems. The Bulletin addresses the new definition for electronic messages and other issues covered in … Continue reading Opportunity for Comment: Managing Electronic Messages