Records Management

New Photos Suggest How Trump, Flush with Power, May Have Sent Official Documents down the Toilet

Photos showing what appear to be torn-up documents in two different toilets may provide more evidence of the former president’s habit of destroying his presidential documents.

New bill takes aim at veterans records backlog

Some of the new bill's provisions had previously been included in the House version of the Build Back Better reconciliation bill.

Is Your Agency Ready for NARA’s Electronic Records Deadline?

Add in the overall uncertainty around the M-19-21 directive and frequently moving goalposts, and it’s understandable how affected agencies may have fallen behind in executing a plan to achieve compliance. 

DOD IG Issues Guidance for Removing Sensitive Tech and Data from Afghanistan

Service members’ records were mishandled during previous contingency operations. The watchdog suggested learning from the past. 

Agriculture Launching New IT System to Manage Discrimination Complaints

The new Civil Rights Management System will live in a USDA-owned and operated cloud environment.

How to Lessen the Burden of Freedom of Information Act Requests

It is essential to lessen the FOIA burden on government agencies.

NARA Plans to Expand Access to Digital Records Over the Next 5 Years

The draft 2022-2026 Strategic Plan looks toward a future of all-digital records and more equitable discovery and access for underserved communities.

Lawmakers Tell National Archives to Use Tech Modernization Funding to Fix Veterans’ Backlog

Congressional oversight chiefs want the National Archives to apply for funding through the Technology Modernization Fund.

Access Board Wants an Appropriately Accessible Records Management System

The independent agency in charge of enforcing accessibility wants to make sure its new electronic records system works for everyone.

National Archives Seeks to Revamp How Presidential Library Archives Social Media

NARA is looking for outside ideas around the improvement of its Presidential Library website.

Defense Digital Service Director Used Signal App In Violation of Pentagon Policy, IG Says

The DOD Office of Inspector General found evidence that outgoing DDS Director Brett Goldstein also encouraged subordinates to use the encrypted messaging app.

VA Wants an Electronic Records System for HR, Too

The Electronic Human Resources Information Services program looks to combine 13 systems into a single digital record for employees.

National Archives Wants to Use AI to Improve ‘Unsophisticated Search’ and Create ‘Self-Describing Records’

The National Archives and Records Administration wants to automate its records management processes to limit manual metadata tagging while improving the search function.

Trump, Defying Custom, Hasn't Given the National Archives Records of His Speeches at Political Rallies

Almost 10% of the president’s total public speeches are excluded from the official record.

Foundations of a Sound Social Media Retention Strategy for Federal Agencies

A lack of a clear social media strategy also leads to key bits of information getting lost.