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We’ve made it easier than ever before to navigate the voluminous amount of information on NARA M-19-21 compliance by providing you direct links to official M-19-21 reference sources. You’ll find these references contain the most up-to-date information on topics critical to planning and executing plans on time for NARA M-19-21 compliance.

Memorandum to Federal Records Management Contacts: 2023 Annual Move of Permanent Records

On October 3, 2022, The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) announced that it has completed Transfer Requests for the 2023 Annual Move, and agencies can now access the ERA Portal to submit them for transfer consideration.

Memorandum to Federal Records Management Contacts: 2023 Annual Move of Permanent Records

NARA Memorandum Announcing Latest Body of Research

On September 29, 2022, The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) announced the issuance of a new White Paper on Quantum Information Science and Technology: Implications for Records Management.

Memorandum to Federal Records Management Contacts: Quantum Information Science and Technology White Paper

NARA Memorandum Announcing the Release of Annual Records Management Report

On August 1, 2022, The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) announced the publication of its Federal Agency Records Management Annual Report, 2021. This consolidated report provides a summary analysis of the state of records management programs across the federal government.

Memorandum to Federal Records Management Contacts: Release of Annual Records Management Report

NARA Memorandum Announcing the Capstone Resubmission Cycle

On July 26, 2022, The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) announced it is beginning to prepare for the first federal-wide Capstone resubmission cycle.

Memorandum to Federal Records Management Contacts: Preparing for the Capstone Resubmission Cycle

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NARA Memorandum Announcing the Next BRIDG Meeting

On June 10, 2022, The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) released a June 14 BRIDG Meeting reminder.

Memorandum to Federal Records Management Contacts: June 14 BRIDG Meeting Reminder

NARA Memorandum Announcing Physical Transfers After CY 2022

On April 28, 2022, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) addressed questions it has received concerning the M-19-21 deadlines for physically transferring records, especially in light of COVID-19 related delays and challenges.

Memorandum to Federal Records Management Contacts: Physical transfers to NARA after CY 2022

NARA MEMORANDUM ANNOUNCING NEW ELECTRONIC RECORDS ACCESSIONING TOOLS

On March 30, 2022, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) launched a new electronic records tool to provide electronic records accessioning support to agencies and their efforts in preparing metadata and permanent electronic records for transfer to NARA.

Memorandum to Federal Records Management Contacts: NARA GitHub repository

NARA MEMORANDUM ANNOUNCING RELEASE OF ITS LATEST SEMI-ANNUAL REPORT OF RECORDS MANAGEMENT

On March 28, 2022, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) released its semi-annual report on records management.

Memorandum to Senior Agency Officials For Records Management: Semi-Annual Report of Records Management Oversight Activities: Semi-Annual Report of Records Management Oversight Activities: July – December 2021

NARA 2022 BULLETINS MEMORANDUM

On January 19, 2022, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) issued its latest memorandum regarding Draft Bulletins Comments.

Memorandum to Federal Records Management Contacts: Draft Bulletins for Comment: Revoked NARA Bulletins and Resubmission of Capstone Forms

NARA 2022 BRIDG Meeting Memorandum

On November 23, 2021, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) issued its latest memorandum on the release of its 2022 Bimonthly Records and Information Discussion Group (BRIDG) meeting schedule.

Memorandum To Federal Records Management Contacts: 2022 BRIDG Meeting Calendar

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NARA GSA MEMORANDUM

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) recently issued its latest memorandum on the release of a new General Records Schedules (GRS) tool.

AC 24.2021 – MEMORANDUM TO FEDERAL AGENCY CONTACTS: New General Records Schedules Tool and Status Update, April 2021

NARA DEADLINE MEMORANDUM

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) recently issued its latest memorandum on its annual federal agency records management deadline.

AC 20.2021 – MEMORANDUM TO ANNUAL RM REPORTING CONTACTS: Annual Federal Agency Records Management Reporting Deadline Reminder, March 2021

NARA GSA MEMORANDUM

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) recently issued its latest memorandum which covered the latest updates on the General Records Schedules (GRS).

AC 18.2021 – MEMORANDUM TO FEDERAL AGENCY CONTACTS: General Record Schedule Status Update, February 2021

NARA COVID MEMORANDA

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) recently issued its latest memoranda which covered updates on its FAQ and appraisal processes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

AC 06.2021 – MEMORANDUM TO FEDERAL AGENCY CONTACTS:
Updates to FAQs about Records Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic

AC 07.2021 – MEMORANDUM TO FEDERAL AGENCY CONTACTS:
Appraisal Activities during the COVID-19 Pandemic

NARA’S October 20 BRIDG Presentation and White Paper Now Available

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) held its Bi-monthly Records and Information Discussion Group (BRIDG) meeting on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at 10:00 AM ET.

You can now view the presentation from the meeting to learn the latest on records management and M-19 compliance. Additionally, you can access NARA’s latest white paper, Cognitive Technologies: Records Management Implications for Internet of Things, Robotic Process Automation, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence. The paper provides a basic description of each of these technologies, examples of their various applications and enabling factors supporting the technologies. It also describes the implications for society and culture by focusing on bias and ethics within the field of artificial intelligence. As NARA researched these technologies, the agency also considered the records management implications. The white paper contains NARA’s analysis of cognitive technologies’ potential impact on records and data management; policies and standards; and records creation, appraisal, scheduling and transfer.

If you have any questions about the topics covered during the BRIDG meeting or the white paper and this research, please email NARA at rmstandards@nara.gov.

Presentations from NARA’S August 25 BRIDG Meeting Available Here

The National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA’s) Bi-monthly Records and Information Discussion Group (BRIDG) recently held it latest meeting on August 25th. Records managers and M-19-21 compliance experts covered a range of topics on M-19-21 compliance requirements, including:

  • Federal Records Center Updates
  • FERMI Updates
  • OGIS Updates
  • Capstone Resubmission Updates

If you have any questions about BRIDG, please email rm.communications@nara.gov or visit the NARA BRIDG page at https://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/meetings/index.html.

Records Management FAQ

Find answers to your most frequently asked questions on a broad spectrum of subject matter from general recordkeeping, electronic formats and digitization to item scheduling, records management and instant messaging.

Memoranda to Agency Records Officers

Stay abreast of general announcements issued via email by the Office of the Chief Records Officer for the United States Government. While the content of these memos may vary, it typically includes information about Federal records management policies, guidance, training opportunities and meetings.

Meetings and Activities

Engage with NARA’s Bimonthly Records and Information Discussion Group (BRIDG) public forum where anyone involved in Federal Records Management can share their experiences and discuss the latest developments from NARA Agency Services, comprising the Office of the Chief Records Officer for the U.S. Government, the Federal Records Centers Program, the Information and Security Oversight Office, the National Declassification Center and the Office of Government Information Services.

Records Management Policy and Guidance

Discover a single source for Federal records management policies, guidance and networks related to records creation, management and disposition with an emphasis on electronic records and the most up-to-date information on:

  • Laws and regulations
  • Policy and guidance
  • OMB guidance
  • Electronic records modernization
  • Records management resources

Records Management Self-Assessment

Improve your agency’s performance by seeing firsthand how it oversees records management programs to be compliant with statutory and regulatory records management requirements when compared to other Federal government agencies.

Records Management Training

At your fingertips, take advantage of a comprehensive records management training toolkit, including:

  • NARA-developed training materials
  • Customized training and development programs
  • Hosted webinars that are of interest to Federal records managers
  • NARA instructional support experts

NARA M-19 Email Management

Get the latest NARA updates for email management and the Capstone approach to help guide your efforts in managing both permanent and temporary email records in an accessible electronic format. Here, you will find helpful information on:

  • Email guidance and resources
  • Capstone training and resources
  • Email disposition
  • Federal email management reports

Federal Records Centers (FRCs)

To support your M-19 initiative, have handy access to the latest information on records transfer and disposition, FRC locational maps, NARA reference and custom consulting services.

Guidance and Policy for Transferring/Accessioning Records

Get the guidance you need when transferring or accessioning records to NARA, whether you are planning to perform critical records management transactions via direct offers, a Federal Records Center (FRC) or NARA’s Electronic Records Archives (ERA) online system.

Electronic Records Archives (ERA)

Learn more about the Electronic Records Archives (ERA), NARA’s new system that allows Federal agencies to perform critical records management transactions online, such as:

  • Drafting new records retention schedules for records in any format
  • Officially submitting schedules for NARA approval
  • Requesting the transfer of records in any format to the National Archives for accessioning or pre-accessioning
  • Submitting electronic records for storage in the ERA electronic records repository

Basic Laws and Authorities

Find everything you need to know on NARA statutes in the 2016 online edition of Basic Laws and Authorities of the National Archives and Records Administration.