Last week I hosted our annual Archivist’s Achievement Awards Ceremony, an event I look forward to each year. This ceremony is important to me and gives me the opportunity to highlight the achievements of our staff across the National Archives. But more importantly, it gives me the chance to say thank you. Incredible work happens at this agency every single day, and I am so proud of your accomplishments each and every day.
This past year, we’ve released more than 34,000 documents from the John F. Kennedy Assassination Collection, remediated 23,000 records for mold, helped veterans by eliminating a nearly 300,000 records backlog, reviewed 860,000 pages of records and digitized in-house 51,000 pages related to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s work, and supported one another during the partial Government shutdown. And these are just a few examples! You can learn more about these incredible accomplishments in the awards program.
During the ceremony, we once again gave our customers a chance to sing the praises of our employees. Almost every day I receive comments praising the work of NARA staff. We were able to incorporate some of these statements into the awards program to hear directly from the people who benefit from the great work that we do:
The Archivist’s Achievement Awards recognizes our colleagues who dedicate their time and talents to make the National Archives a great place to work. We recognize colleagues who went above and beyond expectations and succeeded in ways not intended. Thank you for your service.