The Federal Coach: Keeping track of 10 billion things

Do you ever feel like your current role at work places you in charge of 10 billion different things? Well, David S. Ferriero does. As the 10th Archivist of the United States, David leads the National Archives and and Records Administration in preserving our nation’s most valuable documents. This week I asked him about his role and responsibility and the records he most enjoys overseeing.

Q: As the record-keeper of our national heritage, what are your favorite records and why?

A: Well, you know, we have 10 billion things here. Every day I’m learning more about exactly what we have in this collection, so I have a new favorite every day. One of my favorites, of course, is the Act from the 73rd Congress in January 1934, which actually established the Archives. That’s a very important, maybe not glamorous, but one that I keep in front of me to remind me of why I’m here and what this job is all about.

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