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All this week, in our special week-long series, "Cool Jobs in Government, " Federal News Radio uncovers and highlights some of the most interesting and unorthodox ways feds spend their days. This afternoon, we meet Kitty Nicholson of the National Archives and Records Administration.
Current federal regulations are fairly explicit on the kinds of federal agency records that must be kept by law. But what happens when the law hasn't kept up with changes in communications in the Internet age? A government attorney who has helped almost every federal agency comply with records management regulations addresses a recent National Archives conference.
The Obama Administration believes that one of the major planks of an open and transparent government is the ready access to public information by citizens. One of the top federal officials involved in managing the federal government's rules and regulations says those who maintain the government's paper and electronic records are the "backbone of a transparent and open government."
WFED's Max Cacas reports.
NARA launched Web 2.0 tools, asking for the public's help with writing its Open Government Plan. The agency's chief digital access strategist discusses the suprising response they got.
NARA finds the Federal Government does not consistently manage its records and information - particularly its electronic records - well enough to meet business needs, protect rights or assure accountability, and ensure the continued preservation and access of permanently valuable records. Laurence Brewer is the Director of the Life Cycle Management Division at NARA explains
NARA's new report to the President finds that fewer individuals are receiving classification authority. The document also says a majority of the information that is classified likely will stay secret for 10 years or less.
National Archives and Records Administration has a huge task ahead in storing data from the former and all current Administrations and making it searchable and retrievable. According to the Government Accountability Office, as of late April, only 3 percent of all presidential records from the Bush Administration have been saved into the Electronic Records Archive. NARA says they plan on ingesting the remainder of the records before the end of the year. GAO also noted that NARA's archival system has no back up. Archives says their contingency plan is under final review.
In the process of converting Clinton-era White House documents to a new electronic storage system, the National Archives turns to popular portable digital storage devices. Then, one of those portable hard drives disappears. And a House committee gets a progress report on the investigation.
Without training and leadership, modern history may be lost forever.
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