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Policy and Planning Staff (NPOL)

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Policy and Planning Staff

  • directs the development, implementation, and modification of NARA's Strategic Plan and NARA's implementation of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993

  • formulates, analyzes, and reviews NARA policies and procedures, and organization

  • directs the NARA customer satisfaction program

  • coordinates tours and visits of national and international professionals in archives management and related fields

  • plans, coordinates, and develops requirements and data standards for NARA records lifecycle and public access systems

  • directs NARA implementation of the Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act (FAIR)

  • establishes, tracks, and terminates NARA committees, ensures NARA compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463)

  • coordinates NARA representational activities and maintains liaison with allied national and international organizations

  • directs NARA's implementation of OMB Circular A-123, the NARA internal management control review system, and the Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act

  • plans, directs, coordinates and administers NARA standards programs and processes with standards-setting organizations

Digital Strategy and Services

  • Represents the Deputy Archivist in the following areas:

    • Establishes, monitors, and maintains policies relating to records lifecycle processes and data. Coordinates and reviews records lifecycle process flows, work flows, data models, and business rules.

    • Monitors and coordinates with NARA-wide projects and programs, such as the Electronic Records Archives (ERA) and the Enterprise Architecture, to ensure appropriate implementation of records lifecycle policy and to identify new policy, process, and data needs.

  • Provides support to the Deputy Archivist in the following areas:

    • Plans, directs, and administers NARA’s lifecycle programs, projects, and services. Monitors and analyzes proposed and existing records lifecycle projects to identify dependencies and issues.

    • Develops, maintains, and advocates lifecycle data architecture and data content and value standards, and provides appropriate guidance and training.

    • Develops and maintains NARA’s shared lifecycle and authority files.

    • Plans, directs, administers, and coordinates NARA's Internet presence for NARA's World Wide Web sites, including social media technologies. (Exception is file management of Presidential library web sites supported by Office of Presidential Library (NL) staff. Provides guidance to NL staff regarding compliance with Federal web mandates.)

    • Plans, directs, administers, and coordinates NARA's internal web sites.

    • Coordinates with the Office of Information Services on the technical operations of NARA's Internet and intranet web sites.

    • Formulates and implements NARA’s online public access strategic directions and policies, including NARA’s approach to providing digital access to electronic and digitized holdings. Coordinates with program offices to ensure an agency approach to digital access meets customer needs and is effectively deployed.

NARA's organization is based upon the priorities established in Preserving the Past to Protect the Future, the Strategic Plan of the National Archives and Records Administration.

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