Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero recently announced several key appointments as part of a major transformation of the National Archives and Records Administration. The new appointments follow an internal report, A Charter for Change: Charting the Course, which recommended changes to the organizational structure and culture of the National Archives.
The report calls for new Executive and Management teams leading staff serving the customers of the National Archives — Federal agencies, researchers, visitors, educators, and the general public all of whom have high digital expectations.
Examples from the new structure include a Research Customer Support unit to engage researchers in helping establish and guide program priorities and practices; an Open Government unit using new media to expand transparency, participation, and collaboration with customers using records; a Chief Records Officer to lead and oversee efforts to improve Federal agency electronic records management, and a Performance and Accountability office to promote continuous process improvement needed in a time of tight fiscal discipline.
A new Executive Leadership Team will work with the Archivist to define strategic direction and guide achievement of the agency’s vision and strategic goals. The Team is chaired by the Archivist and includes: the Deputy Archivist, the Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Strategy and Communications Officer; the Chief Human Capital Officer; the Chief Information Officer; the Chief Financial Officer, the General Counsel and the Director of Congressional Affairs.
Appointments to the Executive Leadership Team are:
- Tom Mills, former Assistant Archivist for Regional Records Services, is the first Chief Operating Officer for the National Archives. Mr. Mills played a guiding role in the staff group that created the Charter for Change report. In his new position he will provide leadership across six program areas to achieve customer-driven goals of the transformed organization.
- Analisa Archer, former Director of the Human Resources Services Division, is the agency’s first Chief Human Capital Officer. She will be responsible for a comprehensive approach to human capital management that engages all staff in continuous learning and process improvement.
- Gary M. Stern remains General Counsel and John Hamilton remains Director of Congressional Affairs. The remaining four positions on the Executive Leadership Team will be filled in the near future.
A Management Team will work with the Archivist to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of National Archives programs at its 44 locations throughout the country. The Management Team includes the members of the Executive Leadership Team, the Chief Records Officer, the Director of the Federal Register, and the four Executives for Agency Services, Research Services, Business Support Services, and Legislative Archives, Presidential Libraries, and Museum Services.
Appointments to the Management Team are:
- William J. (Jay) Bosanko is the Executive for Agency Services leading the National Archives efforts to service the records management needs of Federal agencies, and representing the public’s interest in the accountability and transparency of these records. Mr. Bosanko now serves as the Director of the Information Security Oversight Office.
- Paul Wester, currently the Director of the Office of Modern Records Programs, is the first Chief Records Officer (CRO), leading and overseeing records management throughout the Federal government. His new position will focus on managing the vast array of Federal electronic records and evaluating the effectiveness of Federal records management policies and programs. The CRO will report to the Executive for Agency Services.
- Charles Piercy, currently Acting Assistant Archivist for Information Services, is the new Executive for Business Support Services. He will be responsible for providing IT infrastructure support, project assistance, financial resources, acquisitions, security management, facility and property management, and field support to National Archives units nationwide.
- Raymond Mosley will continue as the Director of the Federal Register.