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Draft National Archives Strategic Plan

This draft strategic plan has been superceded by the final, approved strategic plan which is available here: archives.gov/about/plans-reports/strategic-plan.


Thank you for providing comments on NARA’s draft FY 2018-2022 Strategic Plan that we previously shared in August.  We’re providing an update that incorporates comments received from staff, and public comments from a wide range of stakeholders, including other agencies, professional organizations, and individual researchers. We submitted this version to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for their review on September 11.

We made a number of changes to address the comments we received. The most obvious change is that we added narrative descriptions for each objective. These new narratives better describe the current state and our vision for the future, and identify strategies for how we plan to achieve each objective.

We changed several objectives, and added two new ones:

  • By FY 2024, NARA will digitize 500 million pages of records and make them available online through the National Archives Catalog. We had originally proposed to digitize 500 million pages and post them to the Catalog by FY 2020. Based on staff comments, we extended the deadline to FY 2024; setting a more deliberate pace for our digitization efforts.
  • By FY 2020, NARA will have policies and processes in place to support Federal agencies’ transition to fully electronic recordkeeping. We added this new objective under our Strategic Goal Connect with Customers based on comments from our customer Federal agencies who asked us to make a commitment to assist them in transitioning to a fully electronic environment.
  • By December 31, 2022, NARA will, to the fullest extent possible, no longer accept transfers of permanent or temporary records in analog formats and will accept records only in electronic format and with appropriate metadata. We added the phrase “to the fullest extent possible” based on extensive feedback from both staff and external commenters. We modified the language of this objective to recognize that NARA may need to accept a limited number of analog records after the December 31, 2022 deadline.  
  • By FY 2020, NARA will have a career development program in place to support NARA’s transition to electronic records. We added this new objective under our Strategic Goal Build our Future through our People to make an express commitment to our staff that we will provide training and opportunities focused on electronic records and online access.

Thank you for taking the time to review and provide valuable feedback.  Your comments and suggestions have made our Strategic Plan a stronger document that describes a clearer vision for the future.