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NARA records management guidance should have addressed metadata, says GAO

A program spearheaded by the National Archives and Records Administration to help digitize the federal record keeping process left out any provisions about metadata, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Governmentwide FOIA request backlog jumped by 70% in 2014, DOJ says

The number of Freedom of Information Act requests that weren't fulfilled by federal agencies spiked by 70 percent in fiscal 2014 compared to the previous year. That's more than double the increase the government saw between fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2013, says the Justice Department's annual FOIA report.

NARA seeks comments on email records management program

The National Archives and Records Administration is soliciting comments on the implementation of a program to get agencies' email records in order. Back in October 2014, OMB issued guidance that supports a 2012 directive requiring agencies to manage permanent and temporary email records electronically by the end of 2016 and manage all permanent electronic records in an electronic format by the end of 2019, the recent solicitation for comments says.

NIST, NARA closer to standard for securing federal information on outside systems

A final draft on a standard for protecting controlled unclassified information, or CUI, in nonfederal information systems is available for comment.

Spotlight: Clinton never used State Department email

While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton never used an official government email address, reported the  New York Times  March 2. 

NARA rethinking CIA email records destruction proposal

The National Archives and Records Administration is reconsidering its initial approval of a Central Intelligence Agency proposal to destroy email records of all but 22 senior agency officials, according to a Nov. 26  Secrecy News  blog post.

NIST issues FISMA-based data security guidance for non-federal entities

Non-federal organizations such as contractors, state governments and academic institutions often handle controlled unclassified information, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology is offering specific guidance on protecting that information based on the Federal Information Security Management Act.

OGIS director Miriam Nisbet to retire at end of November

For much of her career in government service, Miriam Nisbet has been on the cutting edge of the intersection of digital technology and the Freedom of Information Act. But more than 35 years after she began government service in 1978, Nisbet will leave her post as the government's top FOIA ombudsman at the end of November to take a break and pursue a career in the private sector.

OMB and NARA set dates for electronic records management

The Office of Management and Budget and the National Archives and Records Administration set two new dates for agencies to get their electronic records in order. OMB issued guidance (pdf) that supports a 2012 directive requiring agencies to manage permanent and temporary email records electronically by the end of 2016 and manage all permanent electronic records in an electronic format by the end of 2019.

FOIA committee sets disclosure, oversight and fees as top priorities

The newly created expanded Freedom of Information Act advisory committee set oversight of the FOIA process, increased proactive disclosure and eliminating fees as their top priorities at a June 24 meeting. The committee is comprised of government members and 10 non-governmental members with FOIA expertise. The group was created through the second Open Government National Action Plan with and charged studying FOIA across the government and advising on ways to improve FOIA.