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Nat’l Archives & Records Administration Puts Focus on Records Digitization

Jeff Brody

Laurence Brewer, chief records officer of the National Archives and Records Administration, said that the agency will fully transition into digital records management during a conference in Washington, D.C., Federal News Network reported Tuesday. Brewer added that the NARA will retrain its workforce to handle electronic records and discontinue its acceptance of hard copies by December 2022.

“We have a lot of people who are comfortable working with analog paper records, and we need to make sure we bring them along so that they can be more comfortable and informed about working with electronic records,” he noted.

NARA plans to collaborate with the Office of Personnel Management to create a job series on records management. According to Brewer, technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and predictive coding help modernize the agency's procedures.

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