Introduction to National Archives and Records Administration Module 5
• We will continue to ensure that American citizens have access to records that document the actions of their
Government and promote the historical understanding of our national experience.
• The mission of NARA is rooted in various laws that provide NARA with its authority.
Module Two-- Facilities and Organization covered the following key points:
• All employees and program offices throughout the country are connected and are vital parts of NARA.
• NARA has eight staff offices and six program offices. Each of these offices has specific functions.
Module Three--Managing our Government's Information, covered the following key points:
• The records life cycle includes the following stepsRecords : Creation, Records Maintenance, Records Disposition,
Archival Preservation, and Access.
• At NARA, our work touches all stages of the records life cycle. The Federal Register, Information Security
Oversight Office, Presidential Libraries, Office of Records Services, Washington, DC, and Office of Regional
Records Services all play a key role.
• The offices of Records Services, Washington, DC, and Regional Records Services collaborate in implementing a
National Records Management Program intended to assist agencies.
• An important outcome of successful Federal records management is the identification of records appropriate for
transfer to the custody of the Archivist for long term preservation and access.
• NARA's holdings provide information about people , places, and events.
• NARA holdings are created and stored in various formats such as paper, electronic, microfilm, microfiche, special
media, and artifacts.
• NARA manages internal records by creating and receiving records as required by the job, keeping records correctly
to document work activities, as determined by your unit, and keeping records for the required length of time in
accordance with the NARA Records Schedule.
Module Four--Our Customers Matter covered the following key points:
• NARA's customers include those who are creators of records and those who are users of records.
• NARA makes holdings available through a series of steps: initial processing, holdings maintenance, preservation,
arrangement, description, and access/reference.