Controversy over Proposed “Destruction” of Interior Department Records Explained

In recent days, misinformation has gone viral on the internet that the Department of Interior is proposing to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) the destruction of valuable historical records having to do with the Endangered Species Act, Fish and Wildlife, energy management and other important issues under the department’s jurisdiction. Conversations with senior officials at the more >


Congress Passes Partial FY 19 Federal Funding Bills

Congress approved five of twelve appropriations bills by the time the 2019 fiscal year began on October 1. While that might not seem like a major accomplishment, it had not been accomplished in 22 years. These bills include funding for the Department of Education, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Library of Congress.


Congressional Research Service Reports Database Activated

The 2018 omnibus appropriations bill that was passed by Congress and signed by the President in May included a provision mandating that all non-confidential CRS reports be made publicly available online through a free website within 90 to 270 days of their publication. Before now, CRS reports were not easily accessible to the public. The more >


IMLS Reauthorization Bill Introduced

On September 28, the “Museum and Library Services Act” (S. 3530) was re-introduced by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) to accommodate a minor change in the state library grant formula. This bill will reauthorize the IMLS. This change to the library state grant funding formula doesn’t affect museum provisions included in the previous version that was introduced more >


NCH Urges Congress to Investigate Immigration Records Mismanagement

The National Coalition for History has called on Congress to investigate claims that federal agencies with jurisdiction over enforcing immigration policy have grossly mismanaged their recordkeeping responsibilities during the recent crisis along the Nation’s southwest border. NCH sent letters to the House and Senate committees with oversight over immigration and the National Archives and Records more >


Congress Finally Passes FY 2018 Federal Budget

On March 23, Congress approved, and President Trump signed, a $1.3 trillion omnibus appropriations bill that will fund the federal government for the remaining six months of fiscal year 2018 (FY18). Across the board, history, archival and education programs were either level funded or received small increases. This should be considered a major victory, since the president more >


Trump Again Proposes Drastic Cuts to Federal History and Humanities Programs in FY19

On February 12, President Trump sent his budget request to Congress for fiscal year (FY) 2019. Like last year, it proposes devastating cuts to federal humanities and history funding, including elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and several more >


National Park System Advisory Board Resigns In Protest

Recently, nearly all of the National Park System Advisory Board, the citizen panel that advises on National Park Service issues, resigned in frustration after repeated requests to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to hold meetings were ignored. The board normally convenes twice a year, but has not met since the beginning of the Trump more >