The Administration’s Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century: Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations included a proposal to transition Federal agencies’ business processes and record-keeping to a fully electronic environment and end the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) acceptance of paper records by December 31, 2022.

M-19-21 established these deadlines for all federal agencies:

  • By the end of 2019, Federal agencies were required to manage all permanent electronic records in an electronic format, and by the end of 2022 all permanent records must also include appropriate metadata.
  • By the end of 2022, Federal agencies must also manage all temporary records in an electronic format or store them in commercial records storage facilities.
  • After December 31, 2022, NARA will no longer accept transfers of permanent or temporary records in analog formats and will accept records only in electronic format and with appropriate metadata.
  • Beginning in 2023, agencies will be required to digitize permanent records in analog formats before transfer to NARA.

THE STAKES ARE HIGH. To help you meet these critical deadlines, our teams of records management specialists have created the most in-depth NARA Readiness Center in the industry. It offers you a comprehensive set of tools and critical information to help you adopt the right measures for full compliance, whether you are a Senior Agency Official for Record Management (SAORM), an Agency Records Officer or other government employee.