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The Electronic Records Archives
(ERA) is an office of the United States National Archives and Records Administration
The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent agency of the United States government charged with preserving and documenting government and historical records and with increasing public access to those documents, which comprise the National Archives...
(NARA) which was officially established in 2000.
Initial planning and development of ERA began in 1997. The President and Congress supported ERA with appropriations.
In 2008, ERA accepted its first records from four pilot agencies. These agencies were:
- Department of Commerce, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
- Department of the Navy, National Oceanographic Office (NAVO).
- Department of Energy
The United States Department of Energy is a Cabinet-level department of the United States government concerned with the United States' policies regarding energy and safety in handling nuclear material...
, National Nuclear Security Administration
The United States National Nuclear Security Administration is part of the United States Department of Energy. It works to improve national security through the military application of nuclear energy...
- Department of Labor
The United States Department of Labor is a Cabinet department of the United States government responsible for occupational safety, wage and hour standards, unemployment insurance benefits, re-employment services, and some economic statistics. Many U.S. states also have such departments. The...
, Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is a unit of the United States Department of Labor. It is the principal fact-finding agency for the U.S. government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is a governmental statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and...
In January 2009 it began to take in the electronic records of George W. Bush
George Walker Bush is an American politician who served as the 43rd President of the United States, from 2001 to 2009. Before that, he was the 46th Governor of Texas, having served from 1995 to 2000....
’s White House.
NARA entered into partnerships with private companies to digitize thousands of traditional paper records. In time, this digitized material will be made available through the ERA.