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New Survey Reveals Why Federal Agencies Aren’t Transferring Records to NARA

AvePoint is proud to announce the launch of our 2019 NARA Readiness Report! We received responses from more than 150 federal government officials involved with records management at their respective agencies. Using this, we were able to gather data on how agencies benchmark progress towards and readiness for the NARA mandate for the electronic management of records.

Our 2019 NARA Readiness Report builds on past surveys done by NARA, specifically their Federal Agency Records Management 2017 Annual Report.


Two results immediately jumped out to us about the 2017 NARA survey:

  1. Agencies were very confident (97 percent) that they were going to make the 2019 deadline, but
  2. Very few (22 percent) transferred eligible electronic records to NARA in 2017.

So, when we launched our Readiness Report, we wanted to probe deeper into this incongruency as well as the overall state of agency readiness for the M-12-18 electronic record management deadline.

Most of all, we wanted to follow the recommendations of NARA’s 2017 annual report that more work should be done to discover the root cause of why agencies are clearly not transferring eligible records to NARA. Learn the results of our research by accessing the full (and free) report here!

The ways agencies are working towards the 2019 NARA mandate are pretty interesting according to this new report: Click To Tweet

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Confidence in Managing Records to Federal Standards

Nearly all respondents are confident that records in their agency’s systems are being managed according to applicable federal records management compliance standards, particularly those who feel their agency has made excellent/good progress in meeting the 2019 M-12-18 deadline.



Alyssa Blackburn: There is a concept in social psychology called “Illusory Superiority.” Essentially, in surveys, people routinely over-estimate their own abilities. 70% or more will rate themselves as above average, for example. Agencies are making good progress but it’s important to take this with a grain of salt—the devil will be in the details.

John Peluso: That’s true, but what’s encouraging is that while all agencies are at different stages of their compliance journey, all are investing time, people and money on this initiative.

Want more in-depth relevant statistics and expert analyses? Click here for the full 2019 NARA Readiness Report

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Brent Middleton
Brent Middleton
As the former Content Marketing Specialist for AvePoint, Brent led the strategy and direction of all AvePoint's blog properties.


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