August 22, 2018
MEMORANDUM TO FEDERAL SENIOR AGENCY OFFICIALS FOR RECORDS MANAGEMENT AND AGENCY RECORDS OFFICERS: Federal Agency Records Management Report, 2017
I am pleased to announce the publication of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Federal Agency Records Management Annual Report, 2017. It is now available on our website at https://www.archives.gov/
In January 2018, NARA required Federal agencies to submit three annual reports: the Senior Agency Official for Records Management (SAORM) Report, the Records Management Self-Assessment (RMSA), and a supplemental Federal Email Management Report. This consolidated report provides a summary analysis of the state of Federal records management programs across the Federal Government.
Overall, the great majority of Federal agencies reported they are working towards transitioning from maintaining the costly separate policies, practices, and physical infrastructures in traditional (analog) formats to managing records electronically. As a result, they have improved their ability to follow recordkeeping requirements prescribed by Federal statutes and regulations. These are critical steps to improve records management throughout the Federal Government. This transition of Federal agencies’ business processes and recordkeeping to a fully electronic environment is supported by both our Strategic Plan 2018-2022 and the Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century: Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations
NARA remains committed to providing the guidance and oversight necessary to ensure this progress continues.
If you have any questions about the report or need additional information, please contact your appraisal archivist. If you do not know who your appraisal archivist is, please consult the NARA website at http://www.archives.gov/
Chief Records Officer
for the U.S. Government