On July 13, the United States Senate by a vote of 74-18 confirmed Dr. Carla D. Hayden, chief executive of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore, as the 14th Librarian of Congress, for a renewable 10-year term.
House and Senate Appropriations Committees are in the process of finalizing fiscal year (FY) 2017 Department of Education funding bills. Unfortunately, severe cuts to Title VI/Fulbright-Hays international education programs are on the table.
The US Department of Education has announced the availability of grants for the American History and Civics Academies Programs.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) recently announced it is seeking nominees to serve on its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee. The Committee’s purpose is to advise NARA on improvements to the FOIA and to study the current FOIA landscape across the executive branch.
On March 23, the House Budget Committee, as it has frequently in past years, called for the elimination of federal funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) along with other cultural agencies such as the Institute for Museum and Library Services. While concerning, the budget resolution and concurrent report are non-binding. The House more >
On March 3, the National Coalition for History (NCH) joined the fight to halt destruction of a historically significant parcel of land associated with the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Princeton.
The Obama administration recently submitted its fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request to Congress. The National Coalition for History (NCH) has assembled a chart showing the budget requests for all federal agencies and programs affecting history, archives, and education. To access the budget chart, click here.
In December, President Obama signed into law a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The “Every Student Succeeds Act” restored funding for K-12 history and civics education that was eliminated five years ago. Unfortunately, when the President’s budget request was released on February 9 it did not include appropriations for the major new more >
The Congressional Commission to Study the Potential for a National Women’s History Museum has been tasked to develop an independent, bi-partisan plan that highlight themes and collections related to women’s history, and make recommendations on the museum’s location in our nation’s capital and how it might be financed, operated, and maintained. The report to Congress is more >
On December 18, Congress approved a $1.15 trillion omnibus appropriations bill that will fund the federal government for the rest of fiscal year 2016. The vote in the House was 316-113 and the vote in the Senate was 65-33. President Obama has indicated he will sign the bill shortly.