Federal Records Management

AC 01.2019

October 11, 2018

MEMORANDUM TO FEDERAL AGENCY CONTACTS:  Updates to NARA’s Records Management Website and New Guide

Starting on Friday afternoon, October 12th, NARA will be updating the content on our records management web page, located at  https://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt

The updates will be completed by Monday morning, October 15th.

Last year, our office reviewed the content and organization of our records management web page.  We analyzed how users interact with the site, including the most-used links and searches. With this analysis, we reorganized our main page to make content more accessible to users, while removing duplicate or out-of-date content.

We hope you find our updated website easier to navigate and faster at providing you the information you need. If you have any comments or suggestions for continued improvement, please email Jim Stossel at  james.stossel@nara.gov

In addition to reorganizing the records management web page, we have added important new content, including the  Guide to the Inventory, Scheduling, and Disposition of Federal Records.  This guide provides NARA’s current guidance and links for inventorying, scheduling, and dispositioning records. The guide is an updated version of the classic 1997 NARA records management publication, Disposition of Federal Records: A Records Management Handbook. This is a dynamic resource that will only be available electronically -- NARA will not publish hard-copy versions.

We encourage everyone to read the guide and use it when carrying out records management operations. We hope the guide helps readers better understand the scheduling process and helps agencies develop schedules that more accurately and completely describe their records. This, in turn, allows NARA to conduct a more straightforward -- and often quicker -- review of schedules. If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments about the guide, please contact JP Schmidt at jeremy.schmidt@nara.gov.


Chief Records Officer
for the U.S. Government