Opportunity for Comment: NARA Bulletin on Managing Content on Shared Drives

We are requesting comments on the draft of an upcoming NARA Bulletin on managing content on shared drives. NARA bulletins are designed to provide fundamental guidance to Federal agencies who must then determine the most appropriate ways to incorporate the guidance into their work. NARA recognizes agencies have long used shared drives to store content. … Continue reading Opportunity for Comment: NARA Bulletin on Managing Content on Shared Drives

Information for Federal Records Officers: Hurricane Irene and Records Disaster Preparedness Plans

As you are probably aware, Hurricane Irene is forecast to strengthen into a major hurricane (Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale) as it tracks towards the east coast of the United States later this week and into the weekend.  Federal agencies from Florida to New England may be affected by high … Continue reading Information for Federal Records Officers: Hurricane Irene and Records Disaster Preparedness Plans

Mixed-Media Files Bulletin Issued

We are pleased to announce that NARA Bulletin 2011-04 has been issued. This Bulletin provides guidance to agencies who frequently manage files with records created or received in more than one type of medium. This Bulletin reminds agencies of the lifecycle management requirements for records in all formats. It also points to the need to … Continue reading Mixed-Media Files Bulletin Issued

Telework and Records Management

One area for Federal employees that has received a fair bit of attention recently is telework. Telework simply is a work arrangement whereby an employee can perform their duties in a different location. This could be from home or another approved work location. However, just because employees are working from home, their responsibilities to protect … Continue reading Telework and Records Management

Opportunity for Comment: NARA Bulletin on Mixed-Media

We are requesting comments on the draft of an upcoming NARA Bulletin on managing mixed-media files. NARA bulletins are designed to provide fundamental guidance to Federal agencies who must then determine the most appropriate ways to incorporate the guidance into their work. This draft Bulletin will provide Federal agencies with guidance about the records management … Continue reading Opportunity for Comment: NARA Bulletin on Mixed-Media

ACT-IAC Releases Study on Social Media Retention Policies

This morning, an event is being held at the National Archives in Washington, DC  to announce the release of an American Council for Technology (ACT) Industry Action Advisory Council (IAC) report on Best Practices Study of Social Media Retention Policies (.pdf link). The report was produced by the IAC Collaboration and Transformation Shared Interest Group. … Continue reading ACT-IAC Releases Study on Social Media Retention Policies

Toolkit Spotlight – New York Preliminary Guidance on Social Media

This month, our Toolkit for Managing Electronic Records spotlight returns to illustrate how the Toolkit incorporates materials from anywhere. While we released our Web 2.0 Bulletin to heads of Federal agencies in October, (see: Guidance on Managing Records in Web 2.0/Social Media Platforms) other archival and records management programs have been working on similar guidance. … Continue reading Toolkit Spotlight – New York Preliminary Guidance on Social Media

New IBM Center for Technology in Government Report

The IBM Center for Technology in the Business of Government recently released a report entitled How Federal Agencies Can Effectively Manage Records Created Using New Social Media Tools. This report identifies challenges for records management that arise from the increasing use of social media and web 2.0 by Federal agencies and offers several recommendations and … Continue reading New IBM Center for Technology in Government Report

Web 2.0/Social Media Bulletin Issued!

We are pleased to announce that NARA Bulletin 2011-02 has just been issued. This bulletin provides guidance on managing Federal records produced when agencies use web 2.0/social media platforms.  Open and transparent government increasingly relies on the use of these technologies and as agencies adopt these tools, they must be aware of and comply with … Continue reading Web 2.0/Social Media Bulletin Issued!

NARA Bulletin 2010-05 Released

This week, we issued NARA Bulletin 2010-05: Guidance on Managing Records in Cloud Computing Environments. Back in February, we issued a preliminary FAQ about Cloud Computing and this Bulletin builds upon some of the issues that we addressed in the FAQ. The Bulletin contains an expanded definition of Cloud Computing technology, deployment models, and service … Continue reading NARA Bulletin 2010-05 Released