OMB Extends M-19-21 Deadline to June 30, 2024

OMB Extends M-19-21 Deadline to June 30, 2024

Feith Systems is a leader in Federal Records Management software, and we are excited to see the release of OMB/NARA M-23-07, Update to Transition to Electronic Records. This memorandum reinforces the importance of strong records management for transparency and accountability in government, and reaffirms the goal of transitioning federal agencies to a fully electronic environment.

The new memorandum extends the deadlines for this transition to June 30, 2024, due to implementation delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This extension will allow agencies more time to complete their transition to electronic records and to fully embrace the opportunities that this transition affords.

At Feith Systems, we believe that moving beyond paper-based processes and transitioning to an electronic environment is a critical step in improving government efficiency and effectiveness. Our Federal Records Management software is designed to help agencies manage their records electronically, ensuring that they are easily accessible and properly stored for eventual transfer and accessioning by NARA.

Under the new memorandum, all permanent records in federal agencies must be managed electronically by June 30, 2024. This includes records that are eligible for transfer to NARA or to Federal Records Centers. After this date, all agencies must transfer permanent records to NARA in electronic formats, with appropriate metadata in accordance with NARA regulations and transfer guidance.

Temporary records are also affected by the new memorandum. By June 30, 2024, all temporary records in federal agencies must be managed electronically to the fullest extent possible. Agencies may request a limited exception to this requirement from NARA if replacing specific analog records with electronic systems would be burdensome to the public, the cost would exceed the benefit, statutory or regulatory barriers impede implementation, or there is exceptional intrinsic value in the original format.

After June 30, 2024, NARA will no longer accept transfers of permanent or temporary records in analog formats, and will accept records only in electronic formats with appropriate metadata. This means that agencies must ensure that their records are properly digitized and properly formatted before transferring them to NARA.

Meet Requirements with Feith

Feith Systems is committed to helping federal agencies meet these new requirements and transition fully to an electronic environment. Our Federal Records Management software is designed to assist agencies with every aspect of this transition, from digitizing and formatting records to storing and transferring them in compliance with NARA regulations.

We understand that transitioning to an electronic environment can be a complex and time-consuming process, and we are here to help. If your agency is in need of assistance with the transition to electronic records, we encourage you to contact Feith Systems to learn more about our Federal Records Management software and how it can help your agency meet the requirements of OMB/NARA M-23-07.