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March 17, 2010

National Archives Supports Goals of HR 1387 – The Electronic Message Preservation Act

Act supports ongoing National Archives’ role in vital records management

Washington, DC…Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero applauds the goals that are embodied in today’s passage of HR 1387, the Electronic Message Preservation Act. In testimony to Congress in April 2008, the National Archives stressed the importance of this issue, noting that the National Archives “is supportive of the goals of [H.R. 1387, the Electronic Message Preservation Act] to ensure that electronic communications that constitute records are effectively managed and accessible throughout their life cycle."

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero stated:

Effective records management, in our view, constitutes the backbone of the Administration's Open Government Initiative. The Government cannot be open and accountable if it does not preserve - and cannot find - its records. I applaud the leadership of Chairman Towns and Representatives Hodes, Issa, Clay, and McHenry on this important issue of managing and protecting the records of our Government. We look forward to continued work with the Administration and the Congress to find the best solutions to the challenge of effectively managing electronic records throughout the government.

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