Audit suggests NARA tighten e-archive plans

The National Archives and Records Administration is missing key elements in its plan to build an electronic archiving system, the General Accounting Office has reported.

NARA's vague plans for the Electronic Records Archives system put ERA at risk of failure over the long haul, congressional auditors said in a recent report. The agency has failed to submit a complete description of ERA, estimated costs or set a development schedule, GAO said.

NARA acknowledged that the program has some weaknesses. 'We have under way a large effort to develop a detailed work breakdown structure and cost and schedule baselines for the program,' archivist John W. Carlin noted in a written response to GAO's findings.

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