The E-records Management Initiative (ERM) provides policy guidance to help agencies better manage their electronic records. The purpose of ERM guidance is to allow records information to be effectively used to support timely and effective decision making, enhance service delivery, and ensure accountability.
Since 2005, the development and clearance of guidance and policies related to electronic records management has been coordinated by the managing partner with the Federal Records Council (persuant to a U.S. Federal Interagency Committee on Government Information recommendation). In collaboration with OMB and Federal records officers, NARA developed new guidance for important electronic records management issues, such as cloud computing and records created in collaborative, web 2.0 environments. Federal agencies also completed self-assessments of their records management programs and continued to identify, schedule, and transfer to the National Archives electronic records of permanent value.