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Add "Transitory" Bucket to GRS

A key benefit of applying Information Governance to an enterprise is the ability to delete/destroy records that are not essential to the business process. Therefore by adding "Transitory" as a new Big Bucket record series, agencies can explicitly define what is a non-record, and apply a retention schedule such as 90 or 120 days. This can save agencies millions in reduced digital and physical storage costs, and reduce ...more »

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Transform how Technical and R&D Records are managed

There is a business proposition and/or opportunity to improve how long-term temporary and permanent technical and R&D records are managed in the Federal Government. Right now very little integration exists for of these types of records horizontally across the Federal Business Lines. This leads to challenges for researchers and limits the ability to leverage the research and technology effectively within the Federal Government. ...more »

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Keep it seriously simple

Keep it seriously simple: What is the least amount of records management support one may expect (ask, require or mandate) from electronic records creators? Perhaps that they fill out a very simple xml-based web form any time they create a record. I know what you're thinking: Another form, really? But consider this… Most of the fields in a "Lifecycle Tracking Form" may be filled out automatically based on a user's e-profile ...more »

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Agency Compliance Support

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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