We’ve made it easier than ever before to navigate the voluminous amount of information on NARA M-19-21 compliance by providing you direct links to official M-19-21 reference sources. You’ll find these references contain the most up-to-date information on topics critical to planning and executing plans on time for NARA M-19-21 compliance.

Records Management FAQ

Find answers to your most frequently asked questions on a broad spectrum of subject matter from general recordkeeping, electronic formats and digitization to item scheduling, records management and instant messaging.

Memoranda to Agency Records Officers

Stay abreast of general announcements issued via email by the Office of the Chief Records Officer for the United States Government. While the content of these memos may vary, it typically includes information about Federal records management policies, guidance, training opportunities and meetings.

Meetings and Activities

Engage with NARA’s Bimonthly Records and Information Discussion Group (BRIDG) public forum where anyone involved in Federal Records Management can share their experiences and discuss the latest developments from NARA Agency Services, comprising the Office of the Chief Records Officer for the U.S. Government, the Federal Records Centers Program, the Information and Security Oversight Office, the National Declassification Center and the Office of Government Information Services.

Records Management Policy and Guidance

Discover a single source for Federal records management policies, guidance and networks related to records creation, management and disposition with an emphasis on electronic records and the most up-to-date information on:

  • Laws and regulations
  • Policy and guidance
  • OMB guidance
  • Electronic records modernization
  • Records management resources

Records Management Self-Assessment

Improve your agency’s performance by seeing firsthand how it oversees records management programs to be compliant with statutory and regulatory records management requirements when compared to other Federal government agencies.

Records Management Training

At your fingertips, take advantage of a comprehensive records management training toolkit, including:

  • NARA-developed training materials
  • Customized training and development programs
  • Hosted webinars that are of interest to Federal records managers
  • NARA instructional support experts

NARA M-19 Email Management

Get the latest NARA updates for email management and the Capstone approach to help guide your efforts in managing both permanent and temporary email records in an accessible electronic format. Here, you will find helpful information on:

  • Email guidance and resources
  • Capstone training and resources
  • Email disposition
  • Federal email management reports

Federal Records Centers (FRCs)

To support your M-19 initiative, have handy access to the latest information on records transfer and disposition, FRC locational maps, NARA reference and custom consulting services.

Guidance and Policy for Transferring/Accessioning Records

Get the guidance you need when transferring or accessioning records to NARA, whether you are planning to perform critical records management transactions via direct offers, a Federal Records Center (FRC) or NARA’s Electronic Records Archives (ERA) online system.

Electronic Records Archives (ERA)

Learn more about the Electronic Records Archives (ERA), NARA’s new system that allows Federal agencies to perform critical records management transactions online, such as:

  • Drafting new records retention schedules for records in any format
  • Officially submitting schedules for NARA approval
  • Requesting the transfer of records in any format to the National Archives for accessioning or pre-accessioning
  • Submitting electronic records for storage in the ERA electronic records repository

Basic Laws and Authorities

Find everything you need to know on NARA statutes in the 2016 online edition of Basic Laws and Authorities of the National Archives and Records Administration.