Campaign: Transitioning to Digital

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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Campaign: Government-wide Framework

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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Campaign: Enabling Agencies to Fulfill Missions

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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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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Campaign: Transitioning to Digital

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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Campaign: 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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Enterprise Information Governance in Four Dimensions

Compliance is a reaction to both internal and external requirements. Compliance requirements can best be met by modifying an organization's current RIM state into a more compliant state. A first step in this process is to design a customized strategic information management plan and roadmap. One key objective of this process is to transfer information management design from the vendor back to the client. The SIM plan ...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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Campaign: Open Government and Access

A Line Item Budget Model for Open Records?

Transparency in actions and accountability of activities by government are two of the most important aspects of American democracy. By expecting openness in communication with the citizenry, a trusting relationship can be built between public employees and the individuals they serve thus creating effective government that meets the needs of the people. A primary means of guaranteeing Open Government is to support and ...more »

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Campaign: Open Government and Access

Public Access to Government Records

As a professional researcher, access to the documents located both in the Federal Records Center and National Archive are an invaluable source of information. The following recommendations are provided to help with open government and access: 1) Adhere to established records schedules and accession records to the National Archives in a more orderly and timely manner. 2) Create a system by which researchers may access ...more »

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