Dear Archivist Ferriero:
We write today as civil society organizations and individuals committed to accountable government, access to information, and the preservation of the records of our shared history to thank you for your service.
For over 12 years, across three administrations, you have advanced and defended a simple, enduring democratic principle: public records are the backbone of open government.
Recent years have reminded every American of how important records are to transparency and accountability, from ethics disclosures to data about COVID-19 to the rapidly expanding volumes of data generated by digital government initiatives and services.
Your good stewardship of new institutions within NARA has set them on pathways to continued relevance and sustainability, from the Office of Government Information Services to the U.S. Freedom of Information Act Advisory Council to the National Declassification Center, providing bedrock for the next Archivist to build a modernized institution upon.
May your well-deserved retirement afford you more time to walk, practice photography, read great books, and hone your Nocino recipe. We hope that you will stay engaged — you will always have a seat at the table with the advocates for government transparency.
Also, NARA has Posted a New Interview with David Ferriero.