Federal Electronic Records Preservation Stalled

Federal Computer Week (Sep 15, 200) reports that the Senate Appropriations Committee has defered for a year the $35.9 million in funding for the National Archives Electronic Records Archives (ERA). The ERA is intended to develop the technolgies and processes for handling electronic records into the future. Program Director Ken Thibodeau said that should the funding not come through, "it would cost us another $24 to $28 million to get us back to where we are today."

ERA is needed to solve the current problem of not having an ability to allow someone to search for and retrieve an electronic record in its original context and condition. This program will preserve only 2 percent to 3 percent of the records federal agencies generate, but the collection is anticpated grow to about 11,000 terabytes by 2014.

See: National Archives Electronic Records Archives | White House E-Records Management Site

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