The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) conducted the fourth annualRecords Management Self-Assessment (RMSA) and analysis from June through October 2012. NARA uses the annual RMSA as a tool to determine if Federal agencies are meeting thestatutory and regulatory requirements for records management.On August 24, 2012, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and NARA issued theManaging Government Records Directive
as a significant first step in an “executive branchwide effort to reform records management policies and practices.”
The Directive sets forth arobust 21st-century framework for managing Federal records and information.The RMSA supports this framework by collecting data on Federal records management programs. NARA analyzes this data to identify specific areas of weakness common to mostFederal records management programs and consider initiatives aimed at addressing these issues.Pursuant to the Directive, NARA and agencies must work together to resolve the most persistentweaknesses, specifically electronic records management, training, and lack of senior level
support. NARA’s RMSA team will participate in this important effort by linking future surveysto the Directive’s requirements.
M-12-18: Managing Government Records Directive (August 24, 2012) is available viahttp://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/memoranda/2012/m-12-18.pdf