Calendar Formats Added to Format Guidance

We have added Calendar Formats to Appendix A: Table of File Formats of NARA Bulletin 2014-04, Format Guidance for the Transfer of Permanent Records. Records in this format can now be transferred as permanent records to the National Archives. Typically, this format is used for electronic calendars. Electronic calendars allow users or groups to create … Continue reading Calendar Formats Added to Format Guidance

Request for Comments on Two Draft NARA Bulletins to Update Format Guidance

We are making a few minor changes to NARA Bulletin 2014-04, Format Guidance for the Transfer of Permanent Records.  These changes will streamline the process for future updates to the format tables. We are making these changes via a new NARA Bulletin, 2018-XX. We welcome your participation in the development of this guidance. We are … Continue reading Request for Comments on Two Draft NARA Bulletins to Update Format Guidance

Selecting Appropriate Formats for Transfer

We frequently receive questions from agencies about what to do when they have records in formats not listed in our revised Transfer Guidance NARA Bulletin 2014-04. The revised guidance greatly expanded the number of formats acceptable for use when transferring permanent records to the National Archives, but there may still be situations where records are … Continue reading Selecting Appropriate Formats for Transfer

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

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

Transfer Guidance Video

During the month of April, Kevin DeVorsey, Electronic Formats Specialist in the Office of the Chief Records Officer of the U.S. Government presented two online sessions on NARA’s new permanent electronic formats transfer guidance.  One of these sessions was recorded and is now available on the National Records Management Training Program’s YouTube playlist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo8MeKQ89Yo This … Continue reading Transfer Guidance Video