Ferriero to retire from National Archives

Archivist of the United States David Ferriero is retiring from his post in April after 12 years in the position.

Lawmakers seek probe of veterans' records requests backlog

The National Personnel Records Center is facing a backlog of 550,000 requests that built up over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hurricane Ida knocked out key NARA system

The system is back up and running, but the sustained outage could lead to delays in the approval of annual records transfer requests.

TMF could help solve records request backlog for veterans, lawmakers say

A bipartisan group of lawmakers from the House Oversight and Reform Committee wants the National Archives and Records Administration to apply for funding from the Technology Modernization Fund to modernize its IT systems and clear its backlog of 500,000 records requests from veterans.

NARA seeks DOD's help in addressing records request backlog

Many records housed in a St. Louis facility are critical to veterans' benefits applications but can't be accessed remotely.

Few agencies sought Schedule F conversions

In the waning days of the Trump administration, only a relative handful out of hundreds of eligible agencies and department responded to an executive order that looked to reclassify vast swathes of the federal civil service as at-will employees.

They took all the tweets and put 'em in a tweet museum

Twitter cancelled @realdonaldtrump, but the National Archives will bring presidential tweets back via the Trump library website.

NARA looks to multi-cloud

The federal government's archive drafting a multi-cloud storage acquisition strategy to accommodate other agencies' digital data.

NARA sharpens digital preservation plans

The National Archives released a framework for preserving government information that takes into account the proliferating variety of electronic formats – some now defunct – so that records can be saved in their original form.

Growing pains, successes in remote work during COVID-19

Despite plans to incrementally push workers to return to the office, federal agencies still plan on allowing some employees to continue to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How petabytes are crushing the security classification system

The official in charge of overseeing the federal government's information classification policy is warning that the current system is beginning to break – and he wants help and money to fix it.

Tick tock: NARA's electronic records management deadline is approaching

While agencies have largely passed previous deadlines, this could be the most difficult mandate to date.

Public interest in records schedules booms

The National Archives and Records Administration is seeing a spike in comments on routine records dispensation notices.

NARA, GSA team up to promote electronic records management

A new one-stop shop for electronic records management tools is designed to help agencies keep up with the looming governmentwide goal of going paperless.

Taking point on FOIA

Requesters tasked the U.S. with a record 1 million FOIA requests for fiscal year 2018, but while getting in the front door is easier than ever, getting responses is still a grind.

NARA is doing great at email, website security. Maybe

An audit finds the National Archives and Records Administration is well on its way to complying with a DHS directive to boost email and website security, but the agency's measurements need improvement.

Why it's time for a major tech overhaul of the classification system

In a new report, the chief of the Information Security Oversight Office warns that the system by which critical security information is created, classified and shared is overburdened by a reliance on paper, legacy policies and incompatible tech.