ARMA helps NARA identify successful RIM practices.When it comes to records management in the federal government, ARMA International members want government to better understand the impact of emerging technologies, the corporate culture, and outsourcing (1) Contracting with outside consultants, software houses or service bureaus to perform systems analysis, programming and datacenter operations. Contrast with insourcing. See netsourcing, ASP, SSP and facilities management. on the profession. These concerns were the basis of a letter dated February 1, in which ARMA commented on the National Archives National Archives, official depository for records of the U.S. federal government, established in 1934 by an act of Congress. Although displeasure concerning the method of keeping national records was voiced in Congress as early as 1810, the United States continued and Records Administration's (NARA Nara (nä`rä), city (1990 pop. 349,349), capital of Nara prefecture, S Honshu, Japan. An ancient cultural and religious center, it was founded in 706 by imperial decree and was modeled after Chang'an (see Xi'an), the capital of T'ang China. ) Report on Current Recordkeeping Practices within the Federal Government.
NARA's project documented the current recordkeeping and records use environment in federal agencies and intends to use that information to analyze NARA's records management policies and to redesign re·de·sign
tr.v. re·de·signed, re·de·sign·ing, re·de·signs
To make a revision in the appearance or function of.
re , if necessary, the scheduling and appraisal process. ARMA's response incorporated comments from many ARMA members and is intended to help NARA identify the impact of current business trends, such as emerging technologies, company downsizing (1) Converting mainframe and mini-based systems to client/server LANs.
(2) To reduce equipment and associated costs by switching to a less-expensive system.
(jargon) downsizing , and outsourcing on RIM programs.
In addition to the comment report, ARMA expressed its willingness to partner with NARA in the ongoing review of evolving RIM practices in the federal government.
A copy of the comment report is available on ARMA's Web site at www.arma.org/pdf/comments_nara.pdf. For background information about the NARA report, visit www.arma.org/publications/archive/ online12_01.cfm#nine.