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The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) created M-19-21 to address the manor to which government records are managed. Read on to learn what this directive is, who it includes and the factors necessary for compliance.

What is M-19-21?

M-19-21 is a new directive issued by NARA on June 28, 2019. An addition of the previous M-12-18 directive with some further requirements, the purpose of this directive is to help the government transition fully to electronic records for increased efficiency, accuracy, and improved storage.

Some key points of M-19-21 are:

Who does this impact?

NARA and the OMB created M-19-21 as a set of record management requirements for Federal Agencies. Therefore, NARA’s M-19-21 is a government-wide initiative and applies to all federal agencies.

When is the deadline?

The deadline for digitally managing all permanent records has already passed –therefore many agencies are already behind. However, this initiative is designed to transition agencies into managing government records, whether temporary or permanent, entirely electronic by 2022. 

7 Critical Factors for M-19-21 Compliance

  1. A digitization strategy to convert permanent records created in hard copy or other analog formats to digital format.
  2. Automated systems for capturing, assigning necessary metadata and classifying electronic information as it is created or enters the organization.
  3. Ability to ensure the reliability, authenticity, integrity, usability and preservation of electronic records throughout its lifecycle.
  4. Integrated management of electronic records regardless of storage location (both on-prem and cloud).
  5. Quick response and clear accountability for FOIA requests.
  6. Regular records management program audits, evaluations and frequent updating and validation of vital records inventory.
  7. Documented and approved policies and systems for eventual transfer of all electronic records to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

The proper systems and support are necessary to make the great leap from physical to fully electronic. Do you need help taking on this challenge? Call Acme Business to help you make this transition as smooth as possible. Ensure your agency remains M-19-21 compliant, call Acme Business or visit with any questions!

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