On October 1, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a confirmation hearing on the nomination of David Ferriero (pronounced FARE-E-O) as Archivist of the United States. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) introduced Mr. Ferriero, referencing his tenure as the former University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs at Duke University. Senator Thomas Carper (D-DE), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security, began the hearing with a prepared statement. He cited electronic records management, classification of documents, and the operation and maintenance of the Presidential library system as major challenges to be addressed by the new Archivist.
Mr. Ferriero delivered a prepared statement, elaborating on his background and experience, before responding to questions from Senator Carper. He stated that the Archives are at a “defining moment with regard to our existing electronic records, social media communications, and emerging technologies being used throughout government offices.” He also recognized that, “Of equal concern are issues of collection security, the future of the Presidential Library system, backlogs in processing, staff job satisfaction, stakeholder relationships, preservation and storage needs, to name but a few.”
Additional information on Mr. Ferriero’s background is available on the National Humanities Alliance’s website.
Prepared statements and a webcast of the hearing are available on the committee’s website.