MeriTalk: Feds Report Strides, Challenges with Records Digitization Efforts

“At the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), digitizing records has been ongoing for many years. The EPA established an initiative to transition its records management program to the era of digital government, including reviewing record schedules to ensure that they were media neutral and allowing for the electronic capture of records. The agency’s strategy also requires the modernization of EPA electronic record management systems to ensure that they are ready for the decades to come, rather than the paper trail of the past.

As a result, the EPA established a national records management program with two national digitization centers located in Edison, N.J., and Kansas City…”

“’At the White House, we’ve been [digitizing] records since 1990, which was the first George Bush administration. It started with just scanning images, and we have experienced some challenges over the years,’ said Philip Droege, Director of the White House Office of Records Management. ‘But that’s part of sort of the learning process.’

Unlike agencies like the EPA, the White House Office of Records Management does not need to follow NARA standards. The agency’s goal, according to Droege, is to scan every paper document that comes out of the White House – a challenging task due to the relatively small staff devoted to the effort…” Read the full article here.

Source: Feds Report Strides, Challenges With Records Digitization Efforts – By Lisbeth Perez, September 13, 2021. MeriTalk.

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