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Agencies continue to struggle with records management

Federal agencies continue to struggle with properly managing their records, and the changing nature and technology of 21st-century record-keeping could throw a further wrench in the process, according to an annual report from the National Archives and Records Administration.

Wednesday - 05/02/2012, 03:08pm EDT

VA, National Archives team up to help dig out of claims backlog

The Veterans Affairs department has signed a deal with the National Archives and Records Administration to start digitizing billions of pages of paper documents dealing with Veterans' benefit claims.

Thursday - 04/26/2012, 05:23am EDT
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Census, Archives face 'tsunami' of interest in 1940 census data

You might think the year 1940 is firmly ensconced in the history books. But the Census Bureau, which earlier this week released data from that year's census online, has brought it into the digital age.

Thursday - 04/05/2012, 09:49pm EDT
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1940 US census viewable online after near freeze

The National Archives said Tuesday that census pages are again available for viewing. The government website got 37 million hits hours after the information was first released to the public Monday morning, all but shutting out would-be researchers from the records.

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 11:05pm EDT

Governmentwide portal to help streamline FOIA management

An office within the National Archives and Records Administration, told a congressional subcommittee a new governmentwide portal could help agencies better manage the hundreds of thousands of Freedom of Information Act requests the government receives each year.

Monday - 03/26/2012, 07:51pm EDT
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US Census covering Great Depression to be released

It was a decade when tens of millions of people in the U.S. experienced mass unemployment and social upheaval as the nation clawed its way out of the Great Depression and rumblings of global war were heard from abroad.

Monday - 03/19/2012, 09:44am EDT

DoD releases updated declassification guidelines

The Defense Department has updated classification and declassification guidelines to help agencies determined what should be public knowledge, particularly when it comes to national security.

Friday - 03/16/2012, 12:19pm EDT
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OGIS website helps streamline FOIA process, resolve disputes

National Archives and Records Administration recently launched the OGIS Access System to streamline and increase transparency of the FOIA process.

Tuesday - 01/31/2012, 09:39am EST
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Agencies demo one-stop FOIA portal

Federal employees who respond to Freedom of Information Act requests got their first look today at a new web portal designed to improve efficiency and transparency. The Environmental Protection Agency, the Commerce Department and the National Archives and Records Administration are basing the portal on Regulations.gov.

Thursday - 01/12/2012, 03:47pm EST
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OGIS is 'new kid' on FOIA's block

Miriam Nisbet, director of the Office of Government Information Services, explains how her agency's role is different from the Justice Department's when it comes to the Freedom of Information Act.

Friday - 12/23/2011, 09:39am EST
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Library of Congress to receive entire Twitter archive

For the past year, the Library of Congress has been working with Twitter in a transfer of the company's entire electronic data set. Library's digital director sees this as a "unique record of our time."

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 01:51pm EST
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NARA to lay out steps for digital archives

NARA's chief records officer, Paul Wester, gives a peek of a governmentwide framework for managing electronic records.

Tuesday - 11/29/2011, 01:39pm EST
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Agencies have 120 days to start getting e-records in shape

In a new memo, President Barack Obama tasked agencies with reviewing their policies for storing and managing electronic communications, including emails and social media postings. Agencies must submit reviews of their current policies in 120 days. Meanwhile, the National Archives and Records Administration plans to develop a governmentwide framework.

Monday - 11/28/2011, 02:37pm EST
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National Archives extends its reach via social media

Pamela Wright, chief digital access strategist, describes how the public is helping the National Archives bring its content to the Internet via social media.

Tuesday - 11/08/2011, 09:38am EST
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IG: SEC should have kept records it destroyed

The Securities and Exchange Commission should have kept thousands of documents it destroyed from preliminary investigations of financial firms over nearly two decades, according to a government report released Tuesday.

Tuesday - 11/01/2011, 06:40pm EDT

Archives opens massive new center for government personnel files

Bryan McGraw, the director of the archival program at the NPRC, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss the opening of a new facility dedicated to government personnel files.

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 10:00am EDT
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NARA tackling records management in the cloud

The archives is working with the CIO Council to figure out how to move records stored in the cloud more easily and ensure their authenticity. Mike Wash, NARA's CIO, said this is a problem looming for every agency as more and more of them move to the cloud computing. NARA is considering how to move its internal email to a managed service provider.
October 12, 2011(Encore presentation November 24, 2011)

Wednesday - 10/12/2011, 04:53pm EDT
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Founding Fathers to make jump from history book to Web

Kathleen Williams, executive director of NHPRC, which is part of the National Archives, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss the "Founder's Online" project a "pretty vast" undertaking, she said.

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 12:21pm EDT
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Former Archives employee pleads guilty to theft

A former National Archives employee pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing and selling recordings from his former employer, including an original 1937 sound recording of baseball legend Babe Ruth.

Tuesday - 10/04/2011, 06:36pm EDT

NARA hires IBM to move records system into next phase

Under 10-year, $240 million deal, IBM will provide operation and maintenance support and provide enhancements as necessary to the Electronic Record Archive system. NARA is considering improving search capabilities for agency customers of ERA. NARA CIO Mike Wash said more and more agencies are transferring data and using the system.

Monday - 10/03/2011, 05:43am EDT
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