National Archives and Records Administration creating new federal record system

August 28th, 2012 | Posted by Kevin Corley in Information Management

With an eye toward getting the ball rolling on the recent federal information management directive, the National Archives and Records Administration announced they are well underway in creating a digital storage framework.

According to Government Computer News, the NARA will oversee the creation of the system that will be used by federal agencies. The source said they are complying with a directive released recently by the Office of Management and Budget.

The NARA will be in charge of storing, "permanently valuable historical records through which future generations will understand and learn from our actions and decisions," the directive explained. The text also said the organization will base their system on cloud infrastructures, enabling more accessibility.

Making the switch over to digitized documents will not only preserve the older, invaluable records, but can make them easily accessible to students, researchers and other citizens.

The announcement of the NARA oversight comes after the Obama Administration released a White House directive on August 24. The memorandum set various deadlines on the push to make federal records digital. According to FierceGovernment, by December 31, 2013, all records at least 30 years and older must be stored electronically, with full integration required by December 31, 2016.

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