College Park, MD. . . Persons interested in the Strategic Plan of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will now find an updated version on the NARA web site: 2000 Strategic Plan. Printed copies also will be available soon.
In posting the Plan for public access, Archivist of the United States John Carlin thanked all the NARA customers, other stakeholders, and staff members who contributed to updating it. "In special meetings and in individual communications, we received a lot of good feedback," he said, "and we made use of it."
The ten-year plan, which NARA began implementing in 1997, has been updated to:
- acknowledge new developments, such as NARA's funding increases from the Congress and the Administration, its focus on Targeted Assistance to increase our records management help to Federal agencies, and its research success in demonstrating the feasibility of an Electronic Records Archives
- acknowledge those things that now are achievements rather than objectives, such as designing re-encasements for the Charters of Freedom, getting Federal Register publications online, and launching NARA's reimbursable records-center program
- identify the current status of activities in which progress is under way, such as meeting space needs, improving service to veterans, and creating an Internet-accessible catalog of all NARA holdings nationwide
- remove references no longer relevant and substitute current information for dated examples, statistics, and activities, such as the (increased) volume of use of NARA's web site offerings, and the (increased) volume and kinds of electronic records with which NARA must deal
- remove objectives that have proven infeasible or unnecessary, such as the consolidation of NARA's holdings in just a few facilities; and add objectives, such as providing archival quality space for military service records that NARA recently determined should be kept permanently.
For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail.