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.
Existing practices as described may have suited the Federal Agencies in the past, but they haven't kept up with the times. Funding and staffing is shrinking and the manner in which records are created has changed completely from the manner in which the CFR was written... more »
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 »