March 3, 2010
MEMORANDUM TO FEDERAL AGENCY RECORDS OFFICERS: Open Access to Agency Records Schedules
I am pleased to announce that NARA is unveiling a new website that provides Federal agencies and the public with open access to a large body of unclassified NARA-approved records schedules (also referred to as SF 115s for the Standard Form 115, Request for Disposition Authority) for Federal agency records.
The Records Control Schedule (RCS) website contains of SF 115s from 1985 to the present. Newly approved schedules will be posted to the site weekly. In the coming months additional records schedules will be posted from the period between 1973 and 1985.
All SF 115s have been converted to PDF file format and are listed by agency name and NARA-assigned record group number. The records schedules can be searched by the NARA job number (e.g., N1-423-09-001), by agency name (Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs), by NARA record group (RG 423), or by keyword or subject (e.g., grants).
Please note that while the website contains all NARA-approved records schedules for the stated period, many of these records schedules are no longer in effect because they have been superseded by an updated or more recent schedule. Questions about the schedules themselves should be directed to the agency records officer.
The RCS website may be accessed at this address: http://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/rcs/.
If you have questions about how to use the RCS website, please email this address LSSP_Team@nara.gov for technical assistance.
For more general questions or comments, please contact your appraiser who can provide any additional information you might need. If you do not know who your assigned appraiser is, you will find a list of the appraisal and scheduling work group and regional contacts on the NARA website at http://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/appraisal/.
PAUL M. WESTER, JR.
Modern Records Programs