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GARP applies to all organizations, even government

Many of these ideas are part of Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles, GARP, and could be implemented following the Information Governance Maturity Model. The first thing each agency needs to do, however, is to perform an assessment and then differentiate among strategic and tactical Principles, as well as identifying which business processes are at greater risk than others. Then business processes, recordkeeping ...more »

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Implement Management System for Records

Many colleagues believe in the organizational measures like CRO for each agency. Why not make one step further and implement ISO-approved Management System for Records? Corresponding ISO standards ISO 30300/30301 were published at the end of 2011. This management system is very much alike (and compatible with) Quality Management System (ISO 9000). The details can be found here: http://isotc.iso.org/livelink/livelink/fetch/-8800112/8800136/8800147/11600905/N1235_ISO_Focus_MSR_article_-_January_2012.pdf?nodeid=12284781&vernum=-2 ...more »

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Develop and promote innovative technologies

NARA should be tasked with the development, testing, legal validation and dissemination of the innovative records management technologies. Special attention should be paid to the tools for handling huge volumes of unstructured records (including auto-classification), “big data”, new ways of database preservation (SIARD format) etc. NARA might reuse its experience of development new technologies and solutions for declassification ...more »

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Transitioning to Digital

Archiving and Migration solution

Dear Sirs, My name is Max Inui at JVC Advanced Media. We have just launched a new Archiving and Migration solution on optical discs, DVD-R. DVDR technology is not a new technology but what we have launched has a completely new approach and the new concept. I appreciate if you could study the below. I am sure that the most of the preservation is done on the cloud but optical discs are suitable as off-line archiving for ...more »

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NAGARA comment on Managing Government Records

Date: March 27, 2012 TO: David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Jacob J. Lew, Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB); and Tony West, Associate Attorney General (Acting), Department of Justice (DOJ) RE: MEMORANDUM TO FEDERAL AGENCY HEADS: Presidential Memorandum on Managing Government Records Gentlemen: On behalf of the ...more »

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NARA at a Crossroad

The ascendency of information management over records management began in 1985 with the publication of OMB Circular A-130. Since then records management in Federal agencies has diminished in significance to the steadily expanding universe of information creation, use, and sharing throughout the Government. Records management has always been a part of the information mangement process, however, it deals with information ...more »

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Accountability through Documentation

Mandate compliance within IT Systems

The Office of Management and Budget should require records identification and compliance with records policy for all deployments of information technology in the federal government. The Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) process should do more than pay lip service to the records status of information managed in federal IT systems. Records Management is a requirement similar to the Section 508 requirements ...more »

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The Comments are Coming in- Time to Move Forward!

HAving seen comments submitted by a couple of Agencies, it is apparent they want to see not only RM processes updated, but a total revamp of guidance provided by NARA. They also see a need for an acknowledgement of the immense cost associated with improving RM at the Federal level. I can guarantee you, they didn't pull their punches. It is time for many of the ideas being submitted here to be taken seriously. This ...more »

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Primary Records

Many original records are in an "unusual" format, i.e., e-mail, paper, etc., and not in a standard electronic record. In some cases, this original format will contain information that cannot be easily captured for digitized storage. Provision needs to be made to store certain primary records and make them available for future access so that (a) correct generation of secondary digital documents can be verified and (b) ...more »

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Proposal for a NARA Data Mgnt Governance and Stewardship Program

Background (Why) During the FY 2013 Strategic Budgeting Event on July 18, 2011 the following agenda was executed to deliver specific brainstorming products utilizing: • Visioning • Needs and opportunities • Strategies and Priorities Based upon this Executive Level sponsored event, this proposal addresses the following strategies from the event deliverable: • NARA leads the profession in developing a new records management ...more »

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A simple idea

Prior to coming to NARA, I knew that I should be managing my own records better, but didn't know how or where to turn. What about a short orientation for every Federal employee/citizen, perhaps as part of the mandatory Ethics training, on how to make your own records, open and accessible to all, now and for the future. A one-page handout made available to every employee would help as a reminder; and it could be posted ...more »

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Stand Up and Act RIM Professionals!

If we, who identify as records and informant professionals, are given a chance, we will add greatly to the president’s reformation initiative. We must seize the day and be accountable partners in this great enterprise with President Obama. We must insist that our organizations take a leadership role in the presidential initiative. ARMA, NARA, and AIMM must all be responsible advocates for our profession. I am ...more »

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Records Management Reform Ideas

As a representative of a private sector company that supports government agencies with their records management, here are a few ideas for RM reform: 1. OMB should consider providing upfront funding for agencies to digitize their records. Agencies will need help figuring out "what" records to digitize. A short-term capital expense would lead to longer-term ROI for government budgets; 2. Records management programs typically ...more »

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Collect and reuse best government practices, learn from failures

Of course, it’s an obvious idea. The problem is, the best practices don’t collect themselves, and someone should do the collecting, analysis and dissemination. At present it’s especially important to collect and share cloud experience. Many practitioners aren’t good at communicating their successes. NARA could help them by providing advice, suitable forum and encouragement. It would be helpful to compile a directory ...more »

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Know the extent of the problem and understand how to address it.

My idea is that NARA be enabled to staff appraisal archivists and building inspectors that REGULARLY review agency records ON-SITE. Self agency reviews are not sufficient. NARA needs to be empowered and resourced to ensure that our Republic is documented through the ages. Done in a positive manner, these on-site teams can be seen as assets by the agencies.

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