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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 31, 2007
Contact: Anne Strong
Telephone: (301) 279-9697

History Associates Incorporated Creates Web-based Records Guidance for the National Institutes of Health

On July 17, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Management Assessment (OMA) launched web-based guidance for transferring and disposing of records. History Associates Incorporated (HAI) created the guide entitled “Moving Inactive Records Out of the Office” to provide NIH employees with a user-friendly site that conveyed the essential aspects of the records disposition process. The site can be viewed at  http://oma.od.nih.gov/ms/records/recdisp/.

HAI archivists designed the storyboard, developed the content, and designed the site based on a series of flowcharts. The easily navigable, color-coded site leads users through each step of the records disposition process, with each flowchart focused on one aspect of records management such as determining records disposition, transferring records to a federal records center, using records at a records center, and assigning legal custody of the records to the National Archives and Records Administration. This site answers the majority of questions fielded by the NIH Records Management Officer and provides a valuable resource for records liaisons at NIH.

The HAI team led by Information Resources Management Services deputy director Rachel Ban included archivists Caris Brown, Charles Calhoun, and Abigail Dixon, all of whom have experience managing records in the federal sector.

About History Associates
For more than thirty years the historians and archivists at History Associates have demonstrated that history is valuable in the market as well as the marketplace of ideas. They provide professional corporate histories, exhibit content, interpretive planning, historical research, archival services, and collections management services to clients throughout the United States and around the world. History Associates strives to be The Best Company in History®, serving corporate, government, legal, and nonprofit clients from its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, call (301) 279-9697 or visit www.historyassociates.com.

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