Hurricane Ida destroyed key NARA system – FCW
Hurricane Ida destroyed key NARA system
A key records management system at the Keyser National Archives in western Virginia was destroyed by the remnants of Hurricane Ida which caused flooding and significant loss of life on the east coast earlier this month.
The Electronic document archive provides an online link between agencies and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to submit document schedules and request document transfers.
The system is back on line after an “extended outage,” according to a September 17 memo to federal case managers from federal case manager Laurence Brewer.
The outage suspended the approval of the check-in schedules. This approval process will restart next week.
NARA and agency case managers operate by the October 1 deadline to get annual move transfer requests into the system. The outage could cause delays, according to Brewer’s note.
Brewer said he hopes to improve the resilience of the current system.
“Although the outage has been resolved, we seek to avoid future extended outages by strengthening our connectivity by pursuing options such as the potential implementation of additional redundancy in our network circuits,” he told responsible for the agency’s archives.
According to data from Deltek’s GovWin database, IBM holds the operation and maintenance contract for NARA’s electronic records archiving system. This contract expires at the end of calendar year 2024.
Ross Wilkers, editor-in-chief of Washington Technology, contributed to this article.
Adam Mazmanian is editor-in-chief of FCW.
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