US: An inspection report from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), revealed that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency did not archive any of its hard copy maps since 1996 and now holds a potential treasure trove of historic documents that includes Colin Powell’s briefing map and captured Nazi maps.
The targeted inspection was one of several that are performed by the archives agency each year on agencies exhibiting weaknesses in their archiving activities. In NGA’s case, the report was triggered by the absence of archiving activity for hard copy maps from 1996 to 2011.
“This inspection continues our annual efforts to conduct targeted inspections focused on specific aspects of an agency’s records management programme,” Paul Wester Jr., wrote chief records officer with the archives.
The NGA went through several reorganisations in recent years, and was previously known as the National Imagery and Mapping Agency starting in 1996 when it consolidated the Defense Mapping Agency and several other agencies. It was restructured as the NGA in 2003.