National Archives Issues Guidance for Managing Billions of Federal Emails

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on September 1, 2013

News release: “The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has issued guidance for Federal agencies on a simplified approach to managing email. NARA Bulletin 2013-02: Guidance on a New Approach to Managing Email Records introduces a new approach to managing the billions of email messages that are sent or received in Federal agencies. The approach is called “Capstone.” The Capstone approach will help agencies satisfy requirements in the Managing Government Records Directive. Specifically, it will help them manage all email records electronically by December 31, 2016 (Goal 1.2 of the Directive). The Bulletin is a culmination of two years of research with input from Federal agencies. It is designed to preserve permanently valuable email and provide a pathway to dispose of temporary email. It allows agencies to manage email without having to use “print and file” or “click and drag” methods for each email message.”

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