On August 25, Lisa Schmidt, electronic records archivist at MATRIX, attended an e-forum presented by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Great Lakes Region and the State of Michigan at the Michigan Library and Historical Center in Lansing. Keynote speaker Kenneth Thibodeau, Ph.D.. director of the Electronic Records Archives (ERA) at NARA discussed challenges, lessons learned, opportunities and next steps for the ERA program. ERA is NARA's strategic initiative to preserve and provide long-term access to the uniquely valuable electronic records of the US. Government, and to transition government-wide management of the lifecycle of all records into the realm of e-government. NARA representatives also presented on the agency's e-records scheduling initiative and its e-records toolkit. In addition, Debra Gearhart, director of Michigan's State Records Center, provided an overview of the state's centralized document management system initiative.