IBM’s Analytics Solution Center kicked off its fall seminar series last week with an event entitled “OMB’s Records Directive: A Strategy and Solutions Workshop for Senior Agency Officials”. As the title indicates, the aim of this workshop was to discuss issues related to the OMB’s recent directive that mandates significant changes to the way in which federal agencies manage their records.
Keynoting this event was Paul Wester, Chief Records Officer of the United States. Wester’s talk highlighted two of the deadlines imposed by the directive:
1) By 2016, Federal agencies will manage both permanent and temporary email records in an accessible electronic format.
2) By 2019, Federal agencies will manage all permanent electronic records in an electronic format.
Wester also discussed the need for senior agency officials to work closely with NARA in order to meet these deadlines. Additionally, he indicated that NARA has been engaged in numerous outreach activities in order to facilitate inter-agency collaboration.
Following Wester’s talk, Ron Carey, Deputy CIO at the Department of Defense talked about the work that his agency is doing in order to comply with OMB’s directive. Specifically, Carey elaborated upon work to create a “Joint Information Environment” through which records management will be standardized and automated throughout the Defense Department.
After Carey’s presentation, John Krysa, Principal Consultant at Millican and Associates elaborated upon various methods by which achieving the mandates of OMB’s directive can be tackled. The talks concluded with a discussion, by Ed Hartman from IBM’s Software Group, of some specific products and services that can be enlisted in this effort.
Following a short break, the “workshop” portion of the event commenced with a lively discussion between senior agency officials in attendance. Moderated by Mike Morris of Millican and Associates, this discussion centered around issues such as the mammoth task of digitizing mountains of paper documents and the pros and cons of various policies governing the disposal of records.
Overall, the session was very well received by those in attendance. For those who would like to review the material presented, visual and audio files can be found at:
Contact Paul Valenti at [email protected]
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