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)

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)

Updating NARA’s Format Guidance Bulletin

We released two bulletins on transferring electronic records to NARA. Bulletin 2018-01: Updating NARA Bulletin 2014-04, Format Guidance for the Transfer of Permanent Electronic Records streamlines the process for future updates to the format tables in our transfer guidance. We are also releasing the updated Bulletin 2014-04 and Appendix A: Tables of File Formats, which lists … Continue reading Updating NARA’s Format Guidance Bulletin

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

Email System Features and Records Management

Over the past few weeks, there have been several articles written describing upcoming changes Google is in the process of rolling out to their email service. One of these features, “confidential mode,” allows senders to select how long the recipient will be able to read and access the messages, disables forwarding or copying/pasting, and sets … Continue reading Email System Features and Records Management

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?

Frequently Asked Questions about the Certificate of Federal Records Management Training 

Why should I get NARA's Certificate of Federal Records Management Training? NARA's program gives Federal records management professionals a set of benchmarks to gauge their professional development. Information contained in the courses associated with the Certificate cover every aspect of Federal Records Management and are an important step in acquiring the skills necessary to manage Federal records. How does NARA's Certificate of … Continue reading Frequently Asked Questions about the Certificate of Federal Records Management Training 

Success Criteria for Managing Permanent Electronic Records

I am pleased to announce the publication of the Criteria for Successfully Managing Permanent Electronic Records. The guidance supports the Managing Government Records Directive (M-12-18), which states “By December 31, 2019, all permanent electronic records in Federal agencies will be managed electronically to the fullest extent possible for eventual transfer and accessioning by NARA in … Continue reading Success Criteria for Managing Permanent Electronic Records

Records Management Training – Upcoming Courses – March, April, May, 2018

We offer a Certificate of Federal Records Management Training to individuals who successfully complete Knowledge Area courses 2-6 and pass exams associated with each course. Upon completion of the courses and exams, participants will receive a certificate signed by the Archivist of the United States. We also offer specialty and overview courses like Electronic Records Management … Continue reading Records Management Training – Upcoming Courses – March, April, May, 2018