Congratulations, you have completed the Managing Our Government's Information module. Please read the following key points from this module:
- The records lifecycle includes the following steps: Records Creation, Records Maintenance, Records Disposition, Archival Preservation, and Access.
- NARA manages internal records by:
- Creating and receiving records as required by the job
- Keeping records correctly to document work activities, as determined by your unit
- Keeping records for the required length of time in accordance with the NARA Records Schedule
- At NARA, our work touches all stages of the records lifecycle. The Federal Register, Legislative Archives, Presidential Libraries and Museum Services, Agency Services (including the Information Security Oversight Office), and Research Services all play key roles.
- Agency Services and Research Services collaborate in implementing a National Records Management Program intended to assist agencies.
- An important outcome of successful Federal records management is the identification of records appropriate for transfer to the custody of the Archivist for long-term preservation and access.
- NARA's holdings provide information about people, places, and events.
- NARA holdings are created and stored in various formats, such as paper, electronic, microfilm, microfiche, special media, and artifacts.
- As NARA employees, we have a responsibility to protect from theft, loss, and damage to NARA's own records and the records of other Government entities transferred to NARA's custody.
- NARA partners with Affiliated Archives to allow the creating agency to maintain the records and make them available to the public at a non-NARA facility by non-NARA staff.
In the next module, we will discuss why our customers matter.