A Background on NARA and the ERA Program

This appendix, which is drawn entirely from various National Archives and Records Administration publications, has been prepared to provide the reader with some background on NARA, its conceptualization and plans for the ERA program, and related matters. The committee feels that it would be more effective, particularly given the time constraints under which the report was prepared, to let NARA speak for itself on these issues.

BACKGROUND ON NARA’S MISSION FROM THE NARA WEB SITE AND THE NARA STRATEGIC PLAN

What Is NARA?

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an independent federal agency that preserves our nation’s history and defines us as a people by overseeing the management of all federal records.1

NARA’s Mission

NARA ensures, for the citizen and the public servant, for the President and for the Congress and the Courts, ready access to essential evidence.2

1  

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Undated. “What Is The National Archives & Records Administration?” Available online at <http://www.archives.gov/about_us/what_is_nara/what_is_nara.html>.

2  

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Undated. “NARA’s Vision, Mission, and Values.” Available online at <http://www.archives.gov/about_us/vision_mission_values.html>.



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