NARA Says Agencies on Track to Implement Electronic Record-Keeping Process

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The National Archives and Records Administration has found in a recent study that almost all federal agencies are preparing to completely adopt a digital record-keeping process, Federal News Radio reported Monday.

The agency said in its 2017 Federal Agency Records Management report that 98 percent of agencies claim they are on track to leave behind traditional means of managing records to implement a modernized procedure.

The effort is part of a joint directive from the Office of Budget and Management and NARA, as well as the Trump administration’s reorganization plan, which was announced in June.

The White House noted in the reorganization plan that electronic records will help streamline processing times and search operations for missing information.

The plan also mentions the need for agencies to review their current inventory of electronic records to save costs and lost records, as well as avoid deficient practices and services for paper records.

In 2015, NARA launched the Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative to help government organizations transition to electronic records and develop new service policies to keep up with changing trends in electronic records management.

NARA also partnered with the General Services Administration in 2016 to set requirements that agencies should follow to organize their e-records.

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