NARA says the Electronic Records Archive is at risk if they build it and agencies don’t use it. We get details from NARA’s Meg Phillips and Charles Piercy.
The agency is deciding whether or not to move forward with the contract option for operations and maintenance with Lockheed Martin. GAO and OMB say the project has multiple problems, including more than a $200 million increase in the total cost for ERA and a lack of usage by agencies. After going through a TechStat sessions, NARA and OMB decided to stop enhancing the system and focus on use.
Development is done. Now the National Archives and Records Administration’s Electronics Record Archive is headed for deployment, but not quite as originally envisioned. NARA’s Paul Wester explains.
The archives is working with the CIO Council to figure out how to move records stored in the cloud more easily and ensure their authenticity. Mike Wash, NARA’s CIO, said this is a problem looming for every agency as more and more of them move to the cloud computing. NARA is considering how to move its internal email to a managed service provider. October 12, 2011(Encore presentation November 24, 2011)
TechStat is rarely about shutting down problematic technology programs. In an exclusive report, Federal News Radio examines how agencies are using the analysis to support existing improvement plans, to move to agile development and to change its relationship with contractors. CBP, NARA and the FBI are recent examples of agencies taking advantage of the visibility and transparency TechStat brings to get programs back on track and completed.
The National Records and Archives Administration will modify its Electronic Records System for the first time since it went into the operations and maintenance phase. Mike Wash, NARA’s CIO, said the use of Technical Direction Letters is one of the key lessons learned from the TechStat session ERA went through in 2010.