NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center cut the ribbon August 24 on a new, storm-resistant Records Retention Facility that consolidates and protects records storage at the nation's premier rocket engine test facility. This facility will also house history office operations.
"The opening of this dedicated records storage facility emphasizes the importance of record retention and data management," said Stennis Chief Information Officer Dinna Cottrell. "This facility ensures the required Federal records are preserved, managed and accessible to all interested personnel."
The new storage facility will house and protect the history and the historical documents related to Stennis and its rocket engine test work. It was designed to meet all specifications and storage criteria set forth by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). With completion of the new building in May, Stennis became the first NASA Center to open a NARA-compliant storage facility.
Stennis leaders used Hurricane Katrina mitigation funds to renovate an existing building to meet the new codes. The 2005 storm damaged several Stennis facilities that previously housed records, highlighting the need for a more protective storage environment.
The records retention facility now serves as a central location for all NASA records at Stennis. It allows for maximum efficiency by combining records and records management personnel in the same location. The facility can accommodate 20,000 cubic feet of records storage and offers storm-resistant protection.