NARA issues proposed rule, Web content guidance

The National Archives and Records Administration today issued a proposed rule that would make it easier for agencies to transfer records to NARA's storage facilities.

The rule lets agencies transfer unscheduled records after notifying NARA officials. Agencies usually have to fill out a form before transferring unscheduled records. This new rule would minimize that requirement.

'We believe this rule would facilitate agency operations,' NARA said in the Federal Register notice.

When agencies notify NARA, they must identify the records storage facility the information will go to and when the records would have been scheduled to go to NARA.

NARA also today released a guidance for the transfer of Web records. The guidance is effective today.

The E-Records Working Group under the E-Records Management e-government initiative issued the directive. Agencies can submit four types of Web records:

  • Content using HTTP from a server-to-client browser when the URL has been activated

  • Content that shares a domain name including content managed under formal agreement and residing on another site

  • All component parts of the Web records that have been appraised as permanent, including audio, video, image and all other proprietary formats

  • Static and dynamic content.

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