Archival Electronic Records: President Barack Obama Signs the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Legislation and Government Regulation on December 2nd, 2014
President Barack Obama has signed H.R. 1233, the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014.
Here's an excerpt from the announcement:
Major updates to the Presidential and Federal Records Acts include:
- Strengthening the Federal Records Act by expanding the definition of Federal records to clearly include electronic records. This is the first change to the definition of a Federal record since the enactment of the act in 1950.
- Confirming that Federal electronic records will be transferred to the National Archives in electronic form.
- Granting the Archivist of the United States final determination as to what constitutes a Federal record.
- Authorizing the early transfer of permanent electronic Federal and Presidential records to the National Archives, while legal custody remains with the agency or the President.