BY JOHN PELUSO
MAY 07, 2019
In 2011, President Barack Obama signed a memorandum requiring federal agencies to manage both permanent and temporary email records in an electronic format by the end of 2016. Perhaps even more important, the memorandum also made it mandatory for agencies to offer electronic access to all permanent records by the end of 2019.
Federal agencies have remained confident in their ability to satisfy upcoming records management requirements since the memorandum went into effect. A 2017 annual report from the National Archives and Records Administration stated that 97% of agencies said they felt good about their chances of managing all permanent records electronically. But the same report found that just 22% of agencies had transferred eligible electronic records to NARA during 2017. In the following year, that number only rose to 33%.
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