May 26, 2022

National Archives (U.S.) Releases Draft of FY 2018 – FY 2022 Strategic Plan

From the National Archive and Records Administration (NARA):

2017-08-24_09-36-34The National Archives posted its new draft  Plan  and invites feedback from staff, public and government customers, stakeholders, and colleagues in the archival, historical, and records management communities.

The draft plan reaffirms the current Mission, Vision, Values, Transformational Outcomes and Strategic Goals (see Strategic Plan (FY 2014-FY 2018).

The plan updates the agency’s Strategic Objectives to reflect its ongoing commitment to digitization and increased access, setting specific target dates for completion of initiatives.

[Our emphasis] Notably the plan provides federal agencies, already moving toward digital records storage and transfer, with a deadline for submitting analog records: “By December 31, 2022, NARA will no longer accept transfers of permanent or temporary records in analog formats and will accept records only in electronic format and with appropriate metadata.”

All Federal agencies must issue a new Strategic Plan every four years. This draft Plan was shared with National Archives employees on August 17. After a week of employee feedback the National Archives is now sharing the plan with stakeholders and the public for comment.

Options for viewing the draft Plan and submitting feedback include:

Feedback will be collected and considered, and the draft Plan will be revised, and then shared with the Office of Management and Budget by Sept. 11. The final Strategic Plan will be published in February 2018, and will become the agency’s official plan for Fiscal Years 2018 through 2022.

Direct to PDF Version of NARA Strategic Plan FY 2018 – FY 2022 (DRAFT)

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