U.S. Archivist Issues E-mail Management Guidance

    Oct 22, 2014

    Deadlines regarding U.S. federal agencies to manage e-mails in their electronic format are nearing. The most time-sensitive one is the December 31 requirement that agency record officers present a certificate from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) documenting that they have completed federal records management training.

    A recent bulletin issued by U.S. Archivist David Ferriero detailed this and various other deadlines regarding electronic records management. For example, federal agencies must be managing all permanent and temporary e-mail records in electronic form by December 31, 2016, and all permanent electronic records by December 31, 2019.

    Two ARMA International-published books are valuable resources for organizations working to get their e-mail under control: E-Mail Retention and Archiving: Issues and Guidance for Compliance and Discovery and Policy Design for Managing Electronic Messages ANSI/ARMA 19-2012 are both available for purchase from ARMA’s online bookstore at

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