Federal Records Management

AC 26.2024

Date: May 09, 2024

Memorandum to Federal Records Management Contacts: Guidance on Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena Records

This AC memo announces the guidance to agencies on what information is needed to create and manage the Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP) Records Collection.

Sections 1841-1843 of the 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 118-31) require NARA to establish the ‘‘Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena Records Collection." The law also requires that by October 2024, each federal agency review, identify, and organize each UAP record in its custody for disclosure to the public and transmission to the National Archives. 

Agencies must make digital copies of these records and prepare them for transfer to NARA by the deadline established by the act. NARA will only accept the digital versions of UAP records. 

The webpage contains the metadata requirements and steps agencies must follow when reviewing, identifying, and organizing each UAP record in its custody for transmission to the National Archives and disclosure to the public. 


Chief Records Officer 
for the U.S. Government

Executive for Research Services