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The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is a United States government agency tasked with preserving government and historical records. As of 2012 the agency maintained more than 11 billion logic records.
NARA is on a path to stop accepting paper records at the end of 2022.
In a June 2019 memo, NARA indicated that they plan to discontinue archival of paper records. “The Federal Government spends hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars and thousands of hours annually to create, use, and store Federal records in analog (paper and other non-electronic) formats. Maintaining large volumes of analog records requires dedicated resources, management attention, and security investments that should be applied to more effectively managing electronic records.”
“Beginning January 1, 2023, all other legal transfers of permanent records must be in electronic format, to the fullest extent possible, regardless of whether the records were originally created in electronic formats.”
David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, said that “we have heard the administration’s call for a more aggressive digital government agenda. Here at NARA, we have taken it to heart to be out in front and drive the change that needs to happen to bring about a more efficient and effective digital government.”
Arian Ravanbakhsh, a NARA policy analyst, said that “this is what I believe our customers expect from us and frankly, itâ€™s something we need to do at NARA to maintain our relevance as the National Archives.”