Stephen E. Arnold: Federal Records Management in Disarray?

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A Challenge for Federal Records Management

Federal agencies are facing a mandate without adequate funding. This is sure to go smoothly. GCN explains why, for these entities, “Records Management Is About to Get Harder.” The White House’s Office of Management and Budget is requiring federal agencies to completely shift to electronic recordkeeping by the end of 2022, after which the National Archives and Records Administration shall accept no new paper records. The directive presents two challenges which overlap: digitizing existing records and providing a process whereby new records are created digitally in the first place. Officials plan to begin at the intersection of those requirements, invoking a Venn diagram. They must be as efficient as they can because, we’re told, Congress is reluctant to loosen purse strings enough to sufficiently fund the project.

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ROBERT STEELE: In yesterday’s post Stephen E. Arnold points out problems with software — never mind that we have never had a full up Smart Nation funcitonal requirements study, architecture, or continuity of operations endeavor. Sofware is a mess, data integrity assurance is a mess, big data is a mess, and what we are seeing, including within Brewster Kahle’s Internet Archive, is the burning of the Library of Alexandria many times over.  No one, anywhere, is taking responsibility for Education, Intelligence, and Research done right.

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