Records Management

Why Trump’s prosecution for keeping secret documents is lawful, constitutional, precedented, nonpartisan and merited

A former national security staffer, now a scholar of secrecy law, says criticisms of Trump’s federal indictment for hoarding classified documents are unfounded.

Federal agencies are on Threads, here’s what the records agency says about that

“Agencies should assess their business needs and evaluate risks associated with leaving these records in social media,” said NARA’s chief records officer.

Records agency to DHS: Look into your watchdog’s use of text messages 

This comes after a hearing two weeks ago that raised concerns among some lawmakers about how the IG uses and retains records of electronic messages. 

Days Before Trump Indictment, A Small Office Sounded the Alarm on Handling of Classified Information

The retiring director of the Information Security Oversight Office says he is leaving “with a deep sense of uneasiness;” a report from the office calls for more training of executive branch officials. 

Biden's Archivist Nominee is Confirmed

Colleen Shogan will now lead the National Archives and Records Administration.

Bipartisan Group Looks to Fix ‘Hopelessly Obsolete’ Classification System

Legislation is aimed at reducing over-classification and improving the handling of secrets.

This Agency’s Declassification Work Could Be a Model for Others

A new paper, based on consultations with government officials and others, looks at what the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has done in recent years.

Empowering a Small Federal Office Could Help Reform the Records Classification System

The office within the National Archives and Records Administration has seen a decline in resources over the years that its former director would like reversed.

A Bipartisan Bill Looks to Better Prevent Mishandling of Classified Documents

“This legislation will discourage sloppiness during transition periods, safeguard our national security, and keep Americans safe,” said Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill.

Public Trust in Government is Low. A Congressman Wants to Fix That With More White House Transparency. 

Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., reintroduced bills regarding visitor logs and preservation of presidential records. 

House Democrats Release a New Citizen's Guide to the Freedom of Information Act

Journalists, educational institutions, nonprofits, private corporations and members of the public make use of the records law.

Biden’s Nominee to Be Archivist Goes to the Full Senate

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee advanced the nominee on Wednesday after a Republican senator called for the vote to be postponed.

The Justice Department Underscores the Need for FOIA ‘Presumption of Openness’

New guidance comes at the start of the annual “Sunshine Week” promoting open government.

Archivist Nominee Pledges to Address a Backlog That Stands in the Way of Veterans Getting Benefits

“Of utmost importance to me” is reducing the pandemic-induced pileup of records requests, Colleen Shogan told lawmakers in her second nomination hearing. 

The National Intelligence Director: Over-Classification Undermines Democracy

The ongoing investigations into handling of sensitive documents by former presidents and vice presidents have brought potential problems with the classification system back into the spotlight. 

NARA’s Chief Innovator Won Big Last Week

Pamela Wright’s “exceptional executive leadership is invaluable to NARA, our strategic goals, and our mission,” said the acting archivist of the United States.

Paper-Based Government Forms Cost Federal Agencies $37.8 Billion

A report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce underscored the environmental and consumer need for a digital government services modernization.