NARA wants to lighten your

Under a proposed rule from the National Archives and Records Administration, agencies no longer would have to keep nonessential e-mail after the mandated retention period of 90 to 180 days.

The rule would let agencies dispose of short-term e-mail records as long as they do not delete messages before they are normally scheduled to be erased.

Short-term records include those with minimal or no documentary or evidential value; requests for information, publications and copies of replies that require no administrative, policy, or special compilation or research action; and records documenting routine activities such as notification of meetings, work-related trips or other scheduling activities.

To read the proposal, go to and enter 328 in the
Comments are due by Jan. 3 to [email protected].


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