Transferring President Obama’s Records to NARA


Published: August 3, 2016 by Anna Maloney

In a few months, Americans will take to the polls to elect a new president and in January, that person will be sworn into office. But NARA isn’t waiting until next year to begin planning for President Obama’s transition—this process has already been in motion for several months.

In March of this year, NARA submitted a request for nearly $5 million and 15 full-time employees to transfer paper and electronic presidential records. “On January 20, 2017, NARA will assume legal custody of over 200 terabytes of electronic presidential records, 60 million pages of presidential records in analog formats, and approximately 50,000 presidential artifacts,” the agency said in its 2017 budget request.

Whether you are a new or returning MARA student, this is an excellent lesson in preparation. As we approach the fall semester, begin thinking about how you can track and save the discussion posts, presentations, assignments, and research papers you will produce over the next semester.


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