January 29, 2013
MEMORANDUM TO FEDERAL AGENCY RECORDS OFFICERS: Release of Senior Agency Official (SAO) Contact Information
One of the most commonly asked questions NARA has received since the release of the Managing Government Records Directive (M-12-18) is will NARA release the names and contact information of the Senior Agency Officials (SAO) for each agency?
In the spirit of openness and transparency that has governed all of our activities regarding the Directive, we have determined that this information should be posted on our website. This message is to inform you that our current plan is to publicly release this information on our website on Friday, March 1, 2013.
We currently maintain a list of all Agency Records Officers on our website, see: http://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/agency/officers-lists.html. We anticipate that the SAO list would be presented and formatted in a similar manner.
NARA recognizes that some agencies, particularly those in the Intelligence Community, may have statutory provisions or other compelling reasons for withholding this contact information from public release. If this describes you and your agency, please contact us by Friday, February 15, 2013, to ask to be removed from the public list or provide alternative contact information. We will also accept updates to the contact information that you have already provided.
If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact PRMD@nara.gov.
PAUL M. WESTER, JR.
Chief Records Officer for the