Weinstein sworn in as new head of NARA

Allen Weinstein was sworn in today as the ninth archivist of the United States. The Senate confirmed Weinstein's appointment late last week.

He replaces John Carlin, who spent nearly 10 years heading up the National Archives and Records Administration. Carlin last winter announced his intent to resign in a letter to Bush.

Weinstein previously was senior adviser for democratic institutions and director of the Center for Democratic Initiatives at the International Foundation for Elections Systems in Washington. Before that, he was president of the Center for Democracy in Washington. He earned his bachelor's degree from City College of New York and a master's and doctorate from Yale University.

At NARA, Carlin, the former governor of Kansas, has been a proponent of e-government, especially improving how agencies managed records. Under his watch, NARA led the Electronic Records Management e-government project and the Electronic Records Archives project.

For the Quicksilver records management project, NARA has established guidance to transfer e-mail records, permanent scanned text and Adobe Portable Document Format documents, and digital photography records. The agency awarded two contracts last fall to Harris Corp. of Melbourne, Fla., and Lockheed Martin Corp. to develop two prototypes of an electronic records management system. NARA will choose one vendor to complete the $500 million project this fall.

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