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Earlier today, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a memorandum to general counsels at all federal agencies. This memorandum lifts the litigation hold imposed in United States v. Philip Morris USA Inc., et al., Civil No. 99-CV-02496 (GK) (D.D.C.).

Because of this issue’s significance to the federal records management community, we are revising the agenda for next Wednesday’s Bi-monthly Records and Information Discussion Group (BRIDG) meeting. At this meeting, senior NARA officials and Allison Stanton, DOJ’s Director of E-Discovery, FOIA, and Records in the Civil Division, will discuss the records management implications of this memorandum.

In addition, David Weinberg, the Director of the Federal Records Centers Program (FRCP), will outline the next steps in lifting the tobacco litigation (TIL) freeze on records stored and serviced for customer agencies in the FRCP. David Weinberg said, “This is very significant moment for NARA, our customers, and the American taxpayers. Over the next few weeks, we will be developing a plan to move forward with all appropriate disposition actions.”

On Monday, we will be sending out the new agenda and reconfirming the logistics for the BRIDG meeting.



On November 26, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 1233, The Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014. This law modernizes records management by focusing more directly on electronic records and complements our efforts to implement the President’s 2011 Memorandum on Managing Government Records. The law also represents the first significant changes to the Federal Records Act of 1950. The major points of this legislation are as follows:

  • Strengthening the Federal Records Act by expanding the definition of Federal records to clearly include electronic records.
  • Confirming that Federal electronic records will be transferred to the National Archives in electronic form.
  • Granting the Archivist of the United States final determination as to what constitutes a Federal record.
  • Authorizing the early transfer of permanent electronic Federal and Presidential records to the National Archives, while legal custody remains with the agency or the President.
  • Clarifying the responsibilities of Federal government officials when using non-government email systems.

Passage and enactment of this law marks a significant moment in the history of Federal Records Management. We are in the process of reviewing our existing regulations in light of these new provisions and will have much more to say about changes to our regulations and policies in the future.

For additional information, please see the press release that was issued yesterday. Stay tuned to the blog for further updates. Do not hesitate to leave a comment if you have a question and we will do our best to respond.

Upcoming ERA Boot Camp

by on November 19, 2014


We will host an Electronic Records Archives (ERA) Boot Camp January 14, 2015 at Archives 1. The ERA Boot Camp will consist of a morning and an afternoon session:

  • In the morning session, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, participants will learn how to complete ERA records scheduling tasks.
  • In the afternoon session, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, participants will learn how to use ERA for permanent records transfer tasks.

The ERA Boot Camp will be presented by NARA staff experienced in the use of ERA for scheduling and transfer tasks. NARA staff will be available after the training sessions to answer agency-specific questions.

The ERA Boot Camp will be held at Archives I, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. The ERA Boot Camp is offered to federal agencies at no charge. Participants must complete the ERA online training and have an active ERA user account before enrolling in the boot camp. Agencies may enroll in either session or both through NARA’s Learning Management System (LMS).

Additional questions may be sent to ERAtraining@nara.gov.

Release of 2013 RMSA

by on November 13, 2014


We are pleased to announce that the 2013 Records Management-Self Assessment (RMSA) report is now available here.  Chief Records Officer for the U.S. Government Paul Wester said, “This is our fifth RMSA and we are very pleased to see real progress being made by agencies. We expect this improvement to continue, especially as agencies continue to work towards achieving the goals in the Managing Government Records Directive.”

Positive trends from this year’s report include:

  • This year, 52% of agencies made improvements to their records management programs and increased their RMSA score. This is the first time the number of agencies in low risk exceeds the number in the high risk.
  • Agency records management staff have increased the frequency of routine RM evaluations, inspections, and audits.
  • Many agency records management staff are participating in the design and development of electronic systems and are working collaboratively with other units on issues related to electronic records.
  • RMSA findings and recommendations are consistent with the goals and requirements of the Managing Government Records Directive (OMB M-12-18). We believe that improvement will continue as the requirements of the Directive are implemented and as NARA’s records management oversight activities continue.

We use the RMSA to determine whether Federal agencies are compliant with statutory and regulatory records management requirements, identify positive and negative trends, and areas where further guidance may be necessary. Federal agencies use the RMSA to identify strong and weak areas of their records management programs and the impact of changes they have made since the previous assessment. As a whole, the data can be used to improve records management practices within the Federal Government.

If you have any questions regarding the RMSA please feel free to leave a comment here or send an email to Casey Coleman, the RMSA project lead, at casey.coleman@nara.gov.

RMSA 2014 is Here!

by on October 16, 2014


RMSA 2014 is here!

Yesterday we opened the Record Management Self-Assessment (RMSA) reporting period, which runs from October 15 to December 15, 2014.

If you are an Agency Record Officer or are responsible for responding to the 2014 RMSA, you should have received an email containing the link to access the questionnaire. Please remember that for security reasons, this link cannot be forwarded to other individuals, so it is imperative that we have the correct point-of-contact information for your agency. If you did not receive this link and think you should have or if you received the link and are no longer responsible for completing the RMSA, email rmselfassessment@nara.govimmediately!

You will have until 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, December 15, 2014, to complete the self-assessment. We will be unable to accept submissions via the online system after this date.

Here are a few things to help you get started:

  • MS Word and fill-able PDF versions of the 2014 RMSA that can be used while gathering information and compiling the official response. Please do not return either of these forms to us. Your agency’s official response must be entered into the survey tool using the link described above.
  • We are using a new survey tool this year. This tip sheet will help you navigate.
  • If your agency has identified unscheduled records that were not included on the inventory sent in 2013, you should complete this spreadsheet and send it to rmselfassessment@nara.gov.

If you have any questions regarding the RMSA, please contact Casey.Coleman@nara.gov or rmselfassessment@nara.gov.

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