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Conduct a NARA Internal Talent Assessment

I have been scratching my head regarding NARA reaching out to the RM Community for solicitation of ideas to transform Federal RM to the 21st Century. I was struck by the thought that we have always looked to NARA as the authority and mentor for RM constructs. After all we are tax payers also and should expect this very important Federal Agency to not only provide the "best of breed" RM services and processes in the world but lead the profession with new ideas and vision. While I find it humbling for NARA to reach out in an open framework for assistance, I can’t help but have anxiety towards the current state of this vitally important Agency. I think the Archivist needs to conduct a serious internal assessment of RM Talent within the newly formed Chief Records Officer organization. In fact maybe utilizing a maturity model or competency based assessment is in order for staff in the RM organization. What competencies exist within this organization that has the capability to lead not only this Agency into the 21st Century for managing electronic records but continue to fulfill that unmandated expectation to lead and mentor the RM community? Here are some of my initial ideas of competencies needed:

1. Have you as a developer, programmer, subject matter expert, architect, project manager (not program manager) planned, developed and implemented new software that included records management components?

2. Have you as a project manager, records manager, records officer, records supervisor, records coordinator planned, developed and implemented a comprehensive records management program for a private company, State Agency or Federal Agency?

3. Have you as a project manager, records manager, records officer, records supervisor, records coordinator planned, developed and implemented a records management program within a business process or function?

NARA has a lot of depth and experience in Archival theory and processes. They are the experts. That competency does not translate to the RM processes very well especially if you are lacking the core items above. I challenge the RM community to put forth other competencies that might be important to assist NARA in moving to the 21st Century.

Submitted by naraideascale 2 years ago

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  2. I agree with the idea that we need to look at other competencies as well as RM. Furthermore, I believe that we need to look for opportunties to tap the previous experiences of current information owners.

    Both of these ideas can be realized through a better understanding of the role and position of Information Governance. Its purpose is to develop consensus on information management strategy from both senior mgt levels (through the Information Mgt Advisory Committee - IMAC) and from user departments. Together they meet to determine what are the unique priorities for their 'sub-agencies'. The role of NARA is to provide a Strategic information Mgt set of tools, example of SIM plans and the requiredc training.

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    1. I apologize for the spelling mistakes on my reply. My only defense is the early hour.

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  3. NARA needs "in-house" competency with information technology and computer systems as well as with RM. In fact, as noted in the original text, it is important to have computer specialists who understand the archives and archivists who understand computers.

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