On Monday, President Barack Obama requested $422,501,000 for the National Archives and Records Administration for Fiscal Year 2012. This is an 8.2 percent decrease from the President’s budget request of $460,287,000 for Fiscal Year 2011.
The reality is we’ve got to do more with less.
This fiscal situation is not likely an aberration, but a challenge we will face as an agency for the next five years. We are, however, well positioned to meet this challenge.
The greatest budget savings will come from the earlier decision to move the Electronic Records Archives directly into an operations and maintenance mode. We will also leverage our transformation efforts to make the most of a difficult situation.
Our transformation plan — Charting the Course — will be our roadmap. The planned reorganization will create a new structure that will enable us to find more efficient ways of doing our work. We will foster a new culture that innovates and thrives on change. We will find new ways of exploiting technology to drive down cost and help other federal agencies do the same.
Innovation will be central to our work. This budget climate presents us with an opportunity to find efficiencies in our work that we would never have thought of under different circumstances.
We will continue to rely on the experience of the National Archives staff to identify inefficiencies and suggest cost saving measures. This summer we saw creative and innovative ideas from staff who participated in an agency-wide budget brainstorming session. The passion of our employees was reflected in the number of ideas, comments, and votes. Moving forward, we will continue to leverage our front line experience as we rethink and fine tune our work to better serve the American people.
These times are an opportunity to strengthen our vision for a National Archives of the future. We will do more with less, while ensuring that we uphold our fundamental role in safeguarding, preserving, and providing access to the records of our government.
For More Information:
- Read the National Archives February 14, 2001 Press Release, “President Requests $423 M for National Archives FY12 Budget.”
- Read the National Archives’ Transformation Plan, Charting the Course.
- Read and explore aspects of the President’s Budget.