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

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

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

Additional Background on DOI Records Schedule

On October 26, we posted about the proposed big bucket records schedule submitted by the Department of the Interior (DOI). The post also included information on how to submit comments through the Federal Register process which all records schedules containing items proposed for temporary retention must follow. We are accepting comments through November 26. The … Continue reading Additional Background on DOI Records Schedule

Department of Interior Updating Their Records Schedule

Many of our readers may have seen recent items in the news media, social media or on listservs that make it seem like the Department of the Interior is making an unusual request to destroy Federal Records. We have been busily responding to inquiries about this schedule from individuals and the press for a few … Continue reading Department of Interior Updating Their Records Schedule

NARA Review of Proposed CIA Records Schedule

Due to recent interest, we are sharing information on a proposed Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) records schedule. NARA released a press release this morning and we are sharing additional resources here. NARA is in the final stages of the records scheduling process with CIA to authorize the disposal after 30 years of various categories of … Continue reading NARA Review of Proposed CIA Records Schedule

Instructions and template for big bucket crosswalks

In the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Flexible Scheduling, NARA states that agencies must create a crosswalk when preparing records schedules with big bucket schedule items. We are now providing a crosswalk template (.xls) and instructions (.pdf) that agencies may use for this purpose. Agencies are not required to use the template, although it is recommended … Continue reading Instructions and template for big bucket crosswalks

Release of NARA Bulletin 2015-01

NARA is pleased to announce that we have issued NARA Bulletin 2015-01, Determining the Appropriate Age for Scheduling the Legal Transfer of Permanent Records to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). This Bulletin clarifies the appropriate age at which permanent records, regardless of their media or format, should be transferred into NARA’s legal custody. … Continue reading Release of NARA Bulletin 2015-01

Flexible Disposition Instructions in the GRS

We have received a number of comments from agencies about the new flexible disposition instructions in the GRS and want to provide some additional explanation as to why we have taken this approach and how agencies can use and benefit from these instructions. Purpose of Flexible GRS Instructions The GRS is not like agency schedules. … Continue reading Flexible Disposition Instructions in the GRS

GRS Transmittal 23

The Office of the Chief Records Officer is happy to announce the publication of GRS Transmittal 23 (.pdf). This transmittal makes available five new General Records Schedules: GRS 1.1: Financial Management and Reporting Records GRS 1.2: Grant and Cooperative Agreement Records GRS 3.1: General Technology Management Records GRS 3.2: Information System Security Records GRS 4.3: Input … Continue reading GRS Transmittal 23