Records Managers

AC 08.2015

December 8, 2014

MEMORANDUM TO FEDERAL AGENCY CONTACTS:  REVISED AGENDA - Agency Services Bimonthly Records and Information Discussion Group (BRIDG), Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The meeting will be held at the National Archives and Records Administration downtown building, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (Metrorail's Yellow or Green lines to the Archives/Navy Memorial station) in the McGowan Theater. Please enter on the Constitution Avenue side of the building, the "Special Events" entrance (which is actually the exit for the general public).

We will begin with an informal networking hour from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Jefferson Conference Room (mezzanine level). The BRIDG meeting will run from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the McGowan Theater (basement level). A Staff Meet and Greet for Appraisal Team 1 agency staff and a Target Audience Analysis Focus Group – conducted by NARA’s National Records Management Training program – will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Jefferson Room (mezzanine level).

The focus of the meeting is the lifting of the freeze related to the ongoing tobacco litigation and the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014 (HR 1233, now PL 113-187).

Meeting agenda items include the following:

Allison Stanton, Director of E-Discovery, FOIA, and Records, Office of the Assistant Attorney General Department of Justice (DOJ) - Civil Division, will make a presentation and take questions on the DOJ memorandum lifting the freeze. Ms. Stanton’s presentation will not be broadcast and will be available in the McGowan Theater only to Federal employees and their records management contractors.

David Weinberg, Director, Federal Records Centers Program, will make a presentation and take questions on the initial plan for lifting the freeze. Because his presentation is not covered by attorney/client privilege, Mr. Weinberg’s presentation will be broadcast at the link below. We expect his presentation to begin at approximately 10:30am.

Gary Stern, the General Counsel at NARA, and Paul Wester, the Chief Records Officer for the U.S. Government, will present on the recently enacted revisions to the Federal Records Act in HR 1233 (PL 113-187).

Gary Rauchfuss, Director, Records Management Training Program, will talk briefly about the target audience analysis project that will collect data to drive the redesign of the training program.

Please visit this link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3ht1SVrLTA) to view the meeting via the National Archives YouTube Channel. The link will be active sometime around 10:30am after the DOJ Presentation.

To reserve a place for the Agency Services-BRIDG meeting, please provide your name, telephone number, and agency name via email to rm.communications@nara.gov, no later than noon on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. You may reserve places for several staff in the same email, but for security purposes we must have each individual's name, telephone number, and email address.

NARA’s National Training team will host a Target Audience Analysis Focus Group during the regularly scheduled Meet and Greet, on December 10, 2014 (1:15 to 3:00 p.m. in the Jefferson Room), to define the training needs of Agency Records Officers who work with Appraisal Team 1.

We will gather information about your Records Management responsibilities, tasks, motivations and what information is needed to perform your job. After the focus group, there will also be time to meet with your Appraisal Archivist.

The Staff Meet and Greet will provide an opportunity to meet with Appraisal Archivists and the supervisor from Appraisal Team 1, FRC account representatives, textual and electronic records accessioning, declassification and ERA training staff. All agencies listed as part of Team 1 are encouraged to attend this meeting.

To reserve a place for joint Target Audience Analysis Focus Group and Staff Meet and Greet, a reservation is required. Send an email to rm.communications@nara.gov to RSVP. You can include your RSVP for the Target Audience Analysis focus group/Staff Meet and Greet in the same email for the Agency Services-BRIDG meeting RSVP.

Please email Angela Dorsey at angela.dorsey@nara.gov if you need assistance. NARA encourages agencies to participate a BRIDG by presenting best practices or lessons learned that would be helpful to other attending agencies. If you wish to lead a discussion, please reply to this RM Communications.

NARA reserves the right to postpone or cancel a meeting at any time. See: NARA’s meeting cancellation policy.

PAUL M. WESTER, JR.
Chief Records Officer
for the U.S. Government

DAVID WEINBERG
Director,
Federal Records Centers Program

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