The association:

  • Provides a forum for government archives and records professionals to meet, share information, and work cooperatively to solve common problems
  • Develops and advocates professional standards for government archives and records administration
  • Fosters greater awareness of the value of government archives and records programs
  • Represents the government archives and records community on important issues

For its members, NAGARA:

  • Provides Annual Meetings and regional record forums that feature workshops, papers, and discussion sessions on current aspects of government records and information management
  • Supports an active website with information on the association's activities, developments in the field, position papers, links to member programs, and other information
  • Addresses issues at all three levels of government by nurturing intergovernmental records initiatives, surveys, and reports on governmental archival and records programs
  • Cooperates with other organizations and institutions on priority issues such as the importance of government records management and principles for management of electronic records