NARA steps back to look at its records policies

NARA steps back to look at its records policies

By Susan M. Menke
GCN Staff

OCT. 5'The National Archives and Records Administration has embarked on a broad review of its record-keeping policies.

NARA late last month contracted with SRA International Inc. of Arlington, Va., to solicit agencies' views about the creation, maintenance, use and disposition of their records.

Lewis Bellardo, deputy archivist, said yesterday that the $468,000 SRA contract is part of NARA's effort to see how federal work has changed because of word processing, e-mail, the Internet and intranets, and data warehousing.

'Over the past decade, organizations have become flatter, clerical staff have declined in numbers and work teams have become more common,' Bellardo said. 'Outsourcing of agency program functions may be significantly affecting record-keeping.'

He said NARA staff will use the contractor's data to analyze records systems in a subset of the offices surveyed. Taken together, Bellardo said, the two efforts will make 'a series of snapshots of record-keeping in federal agencies.'

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