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Press Release
September 29, 2011

National Archives Selects IBM as the Operations & Maintenance Contractor for the Electronic Records Archives System

Washington, DC…The National Archives and Records Administration announced today that it has selected IBM to provide operations and maintenance of the Electronic Records Archives system (ERA). This award represents the achievement of a significant goal established by the Archivist of the United States and is consistent with guidance from the Office of Management and Budget to conclude development of the ERA System by the end of September 2011.

Michael Wash, Executive for Information Services and Chief Information Officer said, “We look forward to working with IBM to ensure the continued operation of our ERA system, and to provide for its evolution as we adapt to emerging needs and inevitable changes in technology and software.”

ERA is designed to receive, preserve, and provide access to the permanently-valuable electronic records created by the Federal government. Deployed in five increments, ERA has multiple instances to handle the unique needs of electronic records from Federal agencies, Presidential Administrations, and the U.S. Congress.

As a central part of the National Archives mission to provide access to records documenting the actions of the Federal government, the ERA system has an Online Public Access component to make these electronic records searchable and accessible to the general public.

The contract award is for one base year with nine one-year options. Performance of the contract will take place in Gaithersburg and College Park, Maryland.

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at 202-357-5300.

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