Archivist promotes former NARA CIO to new position

The archivist of the United States has promoted Reynolds Cahoon, chief information officer of the National Archives and Records Administration, to the new position of senior adviser on electronic records.

Martha Morphy, director for information resources policy and projects, has assumed his duties as acting CIO.

According to a Dec. 5 internal memo by Archivist Allen Weinstein, Cahoon is now responsible for educating top officials from the private sector and the federal, state and local government about the National Archives of the future -- the new Electronic Records Archives.

ERA is the first effort to save the government's records — regardless of format — and make them available on future hardware and software. The project will start as a Web portal, but its architecture will adapt to changing technology. In September, NARA awarded Lockheed Martin a $308 million contract to develop the system, which could be worth $500 million.

In his new role, Cahoon will also advise federal agencies on the importance of e-records management.

“Ren will represent me on standards bodies in the area of electronic records,” Weinstein wrote. “He will also consult with Federal agencies on how to go about building records management functions into their enterprise architecture and information systems.”

Cahoon had served as CIO for 10 years, supporting the design of ERA from the beginning. Now, while other NARA officials work to ensure that ERA is built to specifications, Cahoon will ensure the public understands how to use it.

Morphy, a six-year NARA employee, was primarily responsible for information technology policy and IT capital planning. Now, she will ensure NARA’s internal IT systems are ready to support ERA when it is built.

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