Archive for June, 2008

Tell the Senate Appropriations Committee to Save the NHPRC!

Friday, June 27th, 2008

On July 10, 2008, the Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to markup the Financial Services and General Government fiscal year 2009 bill that includes funding for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). Recently, the House Appropriations Committee approved a funding bill that provides the NHPRC with its highest funding level in five years. We want to ensure that the Senate follows suit and provides the NHPRC with $10 million for grants and $2 million for administrative expenses in FY ’09. Read the full article »

Senate Appropriations Committee Provides $120M for Teaching American History Grants

Friday, June 27th, 2008

On June 25, 2008, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a Labor, Health and Human Services and Education fiscal year (FY) 2009 budget bill that includes $120 million in funding for the Teaching American History (TAH) grants program at the U.S. Department of Education. This reflects a $2.1 million increase over the FY 2008 funding level of $117.9 million. The Committee rejected the Bush administration’s request that the program be cut to $50 million. Read the full article »

House Homeland Security Panel Clears Bills to Facilitate Declassification

Friday, June 27th, 2008

On June 26, 2008, the House Homeland Security Committee passed two bills designed to facilitate public access to unclassified records. One of the bills (H.R. 6193) is designed to implement and expand upon the Bush administration’s directive on the use of “controlled unclassified information (CUI).” Read the full article »

Federal Prosecutors Agree to Release of Some Rosenberg Grand Jury Records

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Responding to a petition filed in January by several leading U.S. historical and archival associations for the release of grand jury records from the 1951 indictment of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, federal prosecutors in New York conceded that a substantial portion of the grand jury materials could be made public after more than 55 years. Read the full article »

Information Security Oversight Office Issues Annual Report

Friday, June 27th, 2008

The Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) recently released its annual Report to the President profiling data about the Government-wide security classification for fiscal year (FY) 2007. The Report is accessible on the ISOO website by clicking here. Read the full article »

NEH and NARA Offer Disaster Relief to Flood Ravaged Midwest

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Recently, both the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) have announced the availability of disaster recovery assistance for cultural, historical and archival institutions in the flood ravaged Midwest. Read the full article »

Library of Congress Seeks Kluge Prize Nominees

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington recently announced he will award the fourth John W. Kluge Prize for lifetime achievement in the study of humanity on Dec. 10, 2008. Nominations will be accepted until July 15. To learn more about the selection process and how to submit nominations, visit the Kluge Prize website by clicking here. Read the full article »

House Appropriations Panel Gives NARA $23.6 million Increase for FY ’09

Friday, June 27th, 2008

On June 25, 2008, the House Appropriations Committee cleared the Financial Services and General Government fiscal year 2009 appropriations bill that includes funding for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). NARA received $423.8 million, a significant $23.6 million increase over the FY ’08 enacted amount of $400.2 million and $31.7 million more than the President’s request for FY ’09. Read the full article »

NHPRC Receives $10 Million in FY ’09 Funding From House Appropriations Panel

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

On June 25, 2008, the House Appropriations Committee cleared the Financial Services and General Government fiscal year (FY) 2009 appropriations bill that includes funding for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The NHPRC not only staved off elimination, but received its fully authorized amount of $10 million (plus $2 million for administrative costs) for the first time since FY 2004. Read the full article »

Tell the Senate Appropriations Committee to Save the NHPRC!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

On July 10, 2008, the Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to markup the Financial Services and General Government fiscal year 2009 bill that includes funding for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). Recently, the House Appropriations Committee approved a funding bill that provides the NHPRC with its highest funding level in five years. We want to ensure that the Senate follows suit and provides the NHPRC with $10 million for grants and $2 million for administrative expenses in FY ’09. Read the full article »

Federal Judge Rules White House Administrative Office Not Subject to FOIA

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

This week, a federal district court judge ruled that the White House’s Office of Administration (OA) is not an “agency” and therefore is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). D.C. District Court Judge Kollar-Kotelly found that OA is not an “agency” on the grounds that it does not exercise substantial independent authority. Read the full article »

NARA & USGS Reach Agreement to Preserve Earth Observation Records

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Professor Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States, and Dr. Mark Myers, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), recently signed an agreement creating a cooperative framework for how the two Federal agencies will work together. This agreement will ensure the preservation and access of the earth imagery and geospatial data resources currently archived by the USGS at its Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Read the full article »

NEH Awards $17.6 Million for 86 Humanities Projects

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced that 86 successful applicants will receive $17,879,985 million in awards and offers. This funding will support the production and development of media projects, the planning and implementation of museum exhibitions and library-based projects, educators’ professional development, collaborative research, and the preparation of texts and documents that are currently inaccessible or available in inadequate editions. Read the full article »

History Coalition Endorses “Electronic Message Preservation Act”

Friday, June 13th, 2008

In a letter to Representative Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the National Coalition for History this week endorsed the “Electronic Message Preservation Act” (H.R. 5811, H. Rept. 110-709). The bill would direct the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to establish standards for the capture, management, preservation and retrieval of federal agency and presidential electronic messages that are records in an electronic format. Read the full article »

NEH, Smithsonian & National Park Service FY ’09 Funding Update

Friday, June 13th, 2008

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Park Service would receive major boosts in funding under the House Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies fiscal year (FY) 2009 “Chairman’s Mark” that was approved on June 11. The full House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to take up the bill on June 18. Read the full article »

Tell Congress to “Preserve America’s Historical Records!”

Friday, June 13th, 2008

We need your help in securing cosponsors in the House of Representatives for the “Preserving the American Historical Record Act (PAHR)” (H.R. 6056). The PAHR legislation would establish a new federal program of formula grants to the states and territories to support archives and historical records at the state and local level. Please go to the Humanities Advocacy Network and ask your Member of Congress to cosponsor the PAHR bill (H.R. 6056). Read the full article »

National Park Service Issues Report on Preservation of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Sites

Friday, June 13th, 2008

This week the National Park Service released a “Report to Congress on the Historic Preservation of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Sites in the United States.” The study is the broadest federal effort ever undertaken to determine the status of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 resources. The report reflects the results of years of study and was successful in identifying the sites of almost 3,000 events associated with the two wars, including 60 sites within the National Park System. Read the full article »

NEH Accepting Nominations for 2008 National Humanities Medals Open

Friday, June 13th, 2008

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is now accepting nominations for the 2008 National Humanities Medals. The National Humanities Medal honors individuals and organizations whose work has strengthened Americans’ understanding of or engagement with history, literature, philosophy, or other humanities subjects. Read the full article »

House Panel Passes Bills to Facilitate Declassification

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

On June 11, 2008, the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information, and Terrorism Risk Assessment passed a series of bills designed to facilitate public access to unclassified records. One of the bills (H.R. 6193) is designed to implement and expand upon the Bush administration’s directive on the use of “Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).” Read the full article »

House Panel Authorizes Federal Preservation Programs

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

On June 11, 2008, the House Natural Resources Committee by voice vote cleared legislation (H.R. 3981) to permanently authorize both the Preserve America and Save America’s Treasures historic preservation programs. The bill as adopted would cap the authorization for the Save America’s Treasure’s program at $50 million and the Preserve America program at $25 million. Read the full article »