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National Archives News

Cool Roofs Initiative helps agencies achieve energy-saving goals

Agencies are installing white, reflective roofs, solar panels and plant-filled green roofs to cut down on energy costs and save taxpayers money. This is all in response to President Barack Obama's executive order requiring agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency.

Monday - 09/17/2012, 03:26am EDT

FOIA backlog grows even as agencies process more requests

Agencies dedicated more money and personnel to FOIA processing in 2011, but requests grew even faster.

Monday - 09/10/2012, 05:32am EDT

NARA claims progress against backlog of classified papers

Ninety percent of backlogged papers have been assessed and sent to agencies for review, but unexpected problems may cause government to miss 2013 deadline to clear the backlog.

Thursday - 08/30/2012, 05:20am EDT
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New electronic records plan brings government into 21st century

A new directive requiring agencies to move to electronic forms of record-keeping by 2020 will push an often two-steps-behind federal government fully into the 21st century, said Paul Wester, the director of modern records program at the National Archives and Records Administration. A key part of the directive is to expand and elevate the role of agency records managers. The guidance directs NARA and the Office of Personnel Management to develop a specific records-management career track institutionalize responsibilities and best practices.

Monday - 08/27/2012, 08:40pm EDT
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New roadmap envisions electronic record-keeping by 2020

A new White House directive provides a roadmap for agencies to phase out the use of paper record-keeping by the end of the decade. By Dec. 31, 2019, federal agencies will be required, "to the fullest extent possible," to manage records electronically including digital forms of communication, such as email according to a directive from the Office of Management and Budget and the National Archives and Records Administration.

Friday - 08/24/2012, 08:18pm EDT

National archives gets ready to taste first fruits of TechStat labor

The National Records and Archives Administration will modify its Electronic Records System for the first time since it went into the operations and maintenance phase. Mike Wash, NARA's CIO, said the use of Technical Direction Letters is one of the key lessons learned from the TechStat session ERA went through in 2010.

Thursday - 08/16/2012, 01:49pm EDT
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IT projects pulled from brink of failure

TechStat is rarely about shutting down problematic technology programs. In an exclusive report, Federal News Radio examines how agencies are using the analysis to support existing improvement plans, to move to agile development and to change its relationship with contractors. CBP, NARA and the FBI are recent examples of agencies taking advantage of the visibility and transparency TechStat brings to get programs back on track and completed.

Wednesday - 08/15/2012, 05:16am EDT
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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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