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

New LMS for Records Management Training

Our Records Management Training Program will transition from the current learning management system (LMS) to a new one in the middle of November. We are planning to migrate the data in the current system on Friday, November 18 and bring the new system online on Monday, November 21. To ensure a successful transition, we will … Continue reading New LMS for Records Management Training

Widespread Flooding in Louisiana May Threaten Records

The recent flooding in Louisiana is the worst natural disaster since Super Storm Sandy in 2012. Numerous households and businesses have been severely impacted. We remind Agency Records Officers that NARA posts records emergency information and other useful guidance in order for them to pass along this information to other agency personnel - including applicable staff … Continue reading Widespread Flooding in Louisiana May Threaten Records

Veterans Affairs Records Management Symposium

We have been asked to share news about this event by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This post was updated on Monday, August 15. 2016 VA Records Management Symposium Topic: Management of Information and Records Into the Future Date: August 30, 2016 – 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Location: VA Central Office, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (G.V. … Continue reading Veterans Affairs Records Management Symposium

2015 RMSA Released

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Records Management-Self Assessment (RMSA) report has been posted to our website (.pdf). In FY 2015, all 260 agencies that received the RMSA completed the self-assessment. This includes all Cabinet-level department records officers, departmental components, and independent agencies. Laurence Brewer, Chief Records Officer for the U.S. Government, said, "This … Continue reading 2015 RMSA Released

New Transition Related Materials

We have recently published three new materials to help agencies in advance of the upcoming transition of administrations. Two of the products are targeted at political appointees, a video briefing and 1-page handout. Each are titled “Records Management Guidance for Political Appointees” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxyB6M_XdDI&index This video features an introduction from the Archivist of the United States … Continue reading New Transition Related Materials

FOIA Improvement Act of 2016

President Barack Obama signed into law the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 last week. This law codifies many of the Administration’s openness policies and initiatives into the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and advances open government. It also highlights the importance of NARA’s Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) to the FOIA process. Follow OGIS’s … Continue reading FOIA Improvement Act of 2016

Issues for Federal Agency Counsel Course Offering

We will offer The Case for Records Management: Issues for Federal Agency Counsel at Archives I in Washington, DC on June 1, 2016.  Why attend? Legal professionals know when business-critical information is missing or inaccessible, an agency risks damage to its reputation, failure to perform its mission, and expensive litigation. This half-day briefing by National Archives and Records … Continue reading Issues for Federal Agency Counsel Course Offering

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