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Report: Agencies Lack Records Management Experience, Funding

HealthRecordsThe National Archives and Records Administration has released an annual report that shows government records management programs have been facing a lack experienced management services personnel, resources and funding, Fierce Government IT reported Monday.

Molly Bernhart Walker writes the the records management self-assessment, now in its fourth year, categorized 20 percent of records management programs as low-risk, 44 percent under moderate risk and 36 percent as high risk.

 According to Arian Ravanbakhsh, NARA information technology specialist for modern records programs, the report aims to help NARA and federal agencies assess the existing records management conditions, the progress from the most recent evaluation and opportunities for reform.

 “While there is still much work to be done, the 2012 report highlights several positive trends by federal agencies,” said Arian RavanbakhshNARA information technology specialist for modern records programs.

Walker writes the report also cited the record managers’ involvement in designing and developing electronic systems, the agencies efforts to modernize policies and schedules, and the agencies’ adoption of electronic records archives.

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