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Draft National Archives Strategic Plan

The National Archives, like all other Federal agencies, is required to produce a new Strategic Plan every four years. Our Strategic Plan establishes our Mission, Strategic Goals, & Objectives, & describes how NARA will meet our ambitious vision. We have posted a new, draft Strategic Plan & invite feedback from public and government customers, stakeholders, & colleagues in the archival, historical, and records management communities.

This draft Plan was first shared with National Archives employees on August 17. We have a tradition of engaging staff in the development of our Strategic Plan & feel strongly that every voice should have the opportunity to be heard & be involved in the process. After a week of employee feedback the National Archives is now sharing the plan with stakeholders and the public for comment.

Options for viewing the draft Plan & submitting feedback include:

The draft plan reaffirms the current Mission, Vision, Values, Transformational Outcomes & Strategic Goals (see Strategic Plan (FY 2014-FY 2018). The plan updates the agency’s Strategic Objectives to reflect its ongoing commitment to digitization & increased access, setting specific target dates for completion of initiatives. Notably the plan provides federal agencies, already moving toward digital records storage & transfer, with a deadline for submitting analog records: “By December 31, 2022, NARA will no longer accept transfers of permanent or temporary records in analog formats & will accept records only in electronic format & with appropriate metadata.”

Please submit your comments by September 1, 2017. Feedback will be collected & considered, & the draft Plan will be revised, & then shared with the Office of Management & Budget by September 11, 2017. The final Strategic Plan will be published in February 2018, & will become the agency’s official plan for Fiscal Years 2018 through 2022.

We look forward to your feedback throughout this development process.


Updated: August 28, 2017 — 7:11 pm

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