August 19, 2021
Washington, DC - In response to an invitation from the Archivist of the United States (AOTUS), David Ferriero, to review and submit comments on the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) 2022-2026 draft Strategic Plan, today NAGARA submitted comments drafted by the Board of Directors on behalf of the Association.
Members of NAGARA are encouraged to review the Association's major comments as submitted to NARA. A detailed outline of NAGARA's comments and questions related to the Strategic Plan are listed below below:
How will the achievement or lack of achievement of the same goal in the previous plan be acknowledged throughout the document?
Page 2, 3rd Value: How does NARA plan to measure "becom[ing] smarter ... " Is it possible to add something about application of that knowledge? A suggestion for this statement might be:
Learn: Pursue excellence through continuous learning and the application of that new knowledge in service of others.
Page 2: First sentence under Transformational Outcomes: Remove "build", Replace with "cultivate" or "foster."
Page 3, Make Access Happen
Pages 3-4, Connect with Customers
Pages 3-4, Maximize NARA’s Value to the Nation
Page 4, Build our Future through Our People
Page 6, NARA Organization
The last part of this section is missing from the previous Strategic Plan including the explanation of the services/offices under the Chief of Management and Administration. Also, in the previous document, there are sections on Stakeholder Engagement describing how the plan was developed and a section on Evidence Building. Will these be added after NARA receives feedback? and (which may also be added later)?