New Survey Reveals Why Federal Agencies Aren't Transferring Records to NARA
ARLINGTON, Va., March 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- AvePoint Public Sector today announced the results of its "2019 NARA Readiness Report."
The report, conducted with custom research firm Market Connections, was a blind online survey of 150 federal government decisionmakers on topics related to the NARA 2019 electronic records deadline, agency readiness and top challenges.
Among the study's findings:
"We share the concern NARA expressed in their 2017 report that this is 'a core activity that is clearly not being done.' If agencies aren't sending records to NARA, then the agency's mission to strengthen democracy through public access to high-value government records is threatened," said Alyssa Blackburn, Director of Records and Information Management Strategy, AvePoint. "One of the central reasons we commissioned this report was to help discover the root causes of this problem and begin a dialogue on possible solutions."
Why Agencies Aren't Transferring Records to NARA
The 2019 NARA Readiness Report dirctly asks respondents their reasons for not transferring records to NARA for disposition. Findings showed:
"This starts to shed some light on the issue as we know agencies have been asked to do more with less for years," said Blackburn. "But we also know that's not going to change anytime soon. We wanted to dive in deeper and ask questions that could help discover why records professionals find themselves overwhelmed."
The report further revealed that federal officials involved in the records process may be struggling to adapt to the digital era by an overreliance on manual processes. For example:
"For agencies feeling overwhelmed with the growth of records in the digital era or how to improve their transfer of records to NARA, the single best thing they can do is automate the processes of classifying data and disposing records to an archival authority," said John Peluso, Chief Technology Officer, AvePoint Public Sector. "We know end users aren't trained record managers and record managers aren't trained to be collaboration or IT system administrators. The most effective way to keep up with records management in the digital era is to minimize manual classification at every opportunity and put automated checks in place where manual classification is being used."
Full survey results can be accessed along with resources to help agencies at each step of the compliance process: https://www.avepoint.com/lp/nara-records-management.
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