Congress Finally Passes FY 2019 Federal Budget

On February 15, President Trump signed into law a $333 million omnibus appropriations bill (H.J. RES. 31) that will fund the federal government for the remaining seven-and-a-half months of fiscal year 2019 (FY19). Here is a chart showing how programs of interest to our community fared which includes the budget for FY19 and compares it with FY18 more >


Congress Enacts “Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act”

In January, President Trump signed into law the “Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-426). It authorizes the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to create a collection of unsolved civil rights case files. In addition, the law establishes a Civil Rights Cold Case Review Board to determine which records more >


National Endowment for the Humanities Announces Grant Awards

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced $14.8 million in grants to support 253 humanities projects in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. An additional $47.5 million was awarded to fund 55 state humanities council partners.


National Park Service Awards Hurricane Disaster Recovery Grants

The National Park Service recently announced $48.5 million in supplemental assistance grants to help historic resources recover in areas impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in 2017. Communities in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will receive assistance for historic preservation projects related to hurricane recovery efforts. more >


National Park Service Seeking Applicants for Rural Communities Preservation Grants

The National Park Service is now accepting applications for $5 million in grants to support the preservation of historic buildings in rural communities across the country that are listed in or eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places through the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program (HRSP).


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.