Records Managers

Meetings and Activities

Bi-monthly Records and Information Discussion Group (BRIDG) Meetings

BRIDG is a bi-monthly forum for NARA to share the latest information with agency customers about what is happening in NARA Agency Services which is comprised of staff from the Office of the Chief Records Officer, Federal Records Centers Program, Information and Security Oversight Office, National Declassification Center, and Office of Government Information Services.  

Approximately 80+ individuals from agencies such as; the FBI, Homeland Security, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Energy, Department of Justice, Department of Defense, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among numerous others, participate regularly in our bi-monthly meetings. 

The Pre-BRIDG Coffee Hour/Networking Session provides an opportunity for staff from the Federal Records Center Program, and our Appraisal team staff to engage with agency customers and share knowledge in an informal setting about best practices in records management.

The Post-BRIDG Appraisal Team Meet and Greet immediately follows the general BRIDG meeting. Each meet and greet is hosted by a different appraisal team and open to agency RM staff associated with the host appraisal team group(s).

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BRIDG Dates, Time and Location

BRIDG Meeting Dates for FY15
Date Meeting Time Meeting Location
10/15/2014 10 am to 12 pm McGowan Theater
12/10/2014 10 am to 12 pm McGowan Theater
2/18/2015 10 am to 12 pm McGowan Theater
4/15/2015 10 am to 12 pm McGowan Theater
6/17/2015 10 am to 12 pm McGowan Theater
8/19/2015 10 am to 12 pm McGowan Theater

Please note: Meetings will usually be located in the McGowan Theater (located on the basement level) at The National Archives and Records Administration building in downtown Washington DC. Circumstances may require last minute changes for a meeting time or location. We make every effort to contact registrants individually when changes must be made.

Pre-BRIDG Coffee Hour / Networking Session
BRIDG Meeting Date Event Time Event Location Event Host
10/15/2014 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Jefferson Conference Room Federal Records Center Program
12/10/2014 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Jefferson Conference Room Federal Records Center Program
2/18/2015 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Jefferson Conference Room Federal Records Center Program
4/15/2015 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Jefferson Conference Room Federal Records Center Program
6/17/2015 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Jefferson Conference Room Federal Records Center Program
8/19/2015 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Jefferson Conference Room Federal Records Center Program

Post-BRIDG Meet-and-Greet
BRIDG Meeting Date Event Time Event Location Appraisal Team Host(s) Invited Agencies
10/15/2014 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Jefferson Conference Room (mezzanine level) Appraisal Team 2 and Appraisal Team 4 (See list of agencies associated with Appraisal Team 2 and Appraisal Team )
12/10/2014 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Jefferson Conference Room (mezzanine level) Appraisal Team 1 (See list of agencies associated with Appraisal Team 1)
2/18/2015 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Jefferson Conference Room (mezzanine level) Appraisal Team 3 (See list of agencies associated with Appraisal Team 3)
4/15/2015 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Jefferson Conference Room (mezzanine level) Appraisal Team 2 and Appraisal Team 4 (See list of agencies associated with Appraisal Team 2 and Appraisal Team )
6/17/2015 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Jefferson Conference Room (mezzanine level) Appraisal Team 1 (See list of agencies associated with Appraisal Team 1)
8/19/2015 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Jefferson Conference Room (mezzanine level) Appraisal Team 3 (See list of agencies associated with Appraisal Team 3)

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BRIDG Meeting Presentations

BRIDG Meeting 08/04/14: AC 29.2014

BRIDG Meeting 06/23/14: AC 25.2014

BRIDG Meeting 04/16/14 PowerPoint: AC 21.2014

  • ARCIS Business Intelligence - John McEvoy (Slides 3 through 12)
  • Federal Records Officer Network Overview (FRON) - Wendy Couch and Ron Swecker (Slides 13 through 24)
  • New Finding Aids Guidance Section - Tim Enas (Slides 25 through 32)
  • Managing Government Records Directive Update - Don Rosen (Slides 33 through 42)
  • New Additions to Records Express Blog - Lisa Haralampus (Slides 43 through 47)
  • Overview of Email Management Guidance on Archives.gov - Margaret Hawkins (Slides 48 through 57)

BRIDG Meeting 04/16/14 PowerPoint: AC 21.2014

  • ARCIS Business Intelligence - John McEvoy (Slides 3 through 12)
  • Federal Records Officer Network Overview (FRON) - Wendy Couch and Ron Swecker (Slides 13 through 24)
  • New Finding Aids Guidance Section - Tim Enas (Slides 25 through 32)
  • Managing Government Records Directive Update - Don Rosen (Slides 33 through 42)
  • New Additions to Records Express Blog - Lisa Haralampus (Slides 43 through 47)
  • Overview of Email Management Guidance on Archives.gov - Margaret Hawkins (Slides 48 through 57)

BRIDG Meeting 02/12/14 PowerPoint: AC 13.2014

  • Transfer and Disposition Developments - Scott Roley (Slides 3 through 18)
  • Creation and Mission of the OGIS - Nikki Gramian (Slide 19)
  • Revised Transfer Guidance for Permanent Records - Kevin DeVorsey (Slides 20 through 32)

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BRIDG Announcements and Agenda Items

Meeting announcements are distributed via e-mail prior to each meeting. Please email RM.Communications@nara.gov if you would like to be added to Officer of the Chief Records Officer distribution list.

Suggestions for agenda topics may be forwarded to RM.Communications@nara.gov at any time.

BRIDG Announcements and Agenda Items

Meeting announcements are distributed via e-mail prior to each meeting. Please email RM.Communications@nara.gov if you would like to be added to Officer of the Chief Records Officer distribution list.

Suggestions for agenda topics may be forwarded to RM.Communications@nara.gov at any time.

BRIDG Registration and Confirmation

Registration for individual BRIDG meetings opens when the specific date announcement is distributed and closes 3 business days prior to the meeting or when all available seats are taken. Registrations are accepted via e-mail at RM.Communications@nara.gov. Please include the name to be registered, agency affiliation, and an e-mail address. You may register more than one person in the same e-mail, but for security reasons, we must have agency affiliation and e-mail for each person.

Registrants will receive a confirmation email from RM.Communications@nara.gov if registration requests are submitted before the RSVP deadline.

Cancellation policy

Agency: Substitution of registrants is not permitted once a final registration list is provided to our host agency.

NARA: NARA reserves the right to postpone or cancel a meeting at any time. We will make every effort to contact registrants by e-mail and telephone if that occurs, so complete information at the time of registration is very important. Meetings WILL BE CANCELLED if the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announces a "closed", "unscheduled leave", "unscheduled telework", and/or a "delayed arrival" policy for Federal employees for that day or if there has been an elevation to threat level RED in the Homeland Security status. Official Government closing and leave information is located on the OPM web site at at www.opm.gov.

Security:  Most host agencies require a Federal photo ID or some other positive form of identification. Your name will be checked against a final registration list that we provide 3 business days prior to each meeting. Each host agency decides how to handle last minute substitutions.

Updated: October 2, 2014

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