Federal Records Management

AC 22.2015

May 19, 2015

MEMORANDUM TO FEDERAL AGENCY CONTACTS: Request for Comments on Draft NARA Bulletin: Guidance on Managing Electronic Messages

We are requesting comments on a draft NARA Bulletin entitled, “Guidance on Managing Electronic Messages."

This draft Bulletin applies to text messaging, chat/instant messaging, messaging functionality in social media tools or apps, voice messaging, and similar forms of electronic messaging systems. The Bulletin addresses the new definition for electronic messages and other issues covered in the recent amendments to the Federal Records Act. Overall, it provides basic records management guidance for electronic messages.

NARA Bulletins are designed to provide fundamental guidance to Federal agencies who must then determine the most appropriate ways to incorporate the guidance into their work.

Please send any questions and comments to Lisa Haralampus at Lisa.Haralampus@nara.gov. We will accept comments through June 5, 2015. We will review all the comments we receive. Thank you.

Chief Records Officer
for the U.S. Government