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 >


Urge Congress to Preserve the Historic Tax Credit!

After nearly forty years of demonstrated success, the federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC) was eliminated in the tax reform bill recently passed by the House of Representatives. The Senate-passed version of the bill includes a restored 20 percent historic tax credit (HTC) payable over five years. We need you to contact Congress NOW in support more >


Tell Congress to Oppose Taxing Graduate Student Tuition Waivers!

Both the House and Senate have passed differing versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The House bill contains a provision that would make tuition waivers for graduate students subject to income tax, significantly increasing the tax liability of hundreds of thousands of graduate students. The Senate bill does not include that provision. The House more >


National Archives Begins Search for New Executive Director for NHPRC

From the NHPRC: The National Archives and Records Administration invites applications for the position of Executive Director of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).  The NHPRC promotes the preservation and publication of American historical records by public and private institutions through its grants and educational programs.  The commission includes representatives of the legislative, more >


NARA Releases Partial Cache of JFK Assassination Records

The National Archives and Records Administration has now released most of the remaining federal agency records associated with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Under the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, all assassination-related records had to be released by October 26, 2017, 25 years after the passage of the law. However, at the more >


NCH Urges US Department of Education to Prioritize K-12 History Education

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently proposed a list of supplemental priorities and definitions to be used in awarding discretionary (competitive) grants made by the Department, including ones for K-12 history and civics education. While the proposal recommends a greater emphasis on civics education, it unfortunately does not prioritize history as well. On October 23, more >


Senate Appropriations Committee Considering FY 18 Funding Bills

While the new fiscal year (FY) begins on October 1, the outlook for FY 2018 funding remains murky. In early September, Congress passed a continuing resolution to keep the federal government running until December 8, 2017. Programs remain funded at the FY 17 level minus an across-the-board 0.68 percent reduction. The bill also temporarily extends more >


National Archives Begins Online Release of New JFK Assassination Records

On July 24, the National Archives released a group of documents (the first of several expected releases), along with 17 audio files, previously withheld in accordance with the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992.The materials released today are available online only.  Access to the original paper records will occur at a future date. Download the files more >