Senate Appropriations Committee Clears FY 20 Funding Bills–Congress Delays Final FY 20 Budget Until November

On September 26, the Senate cleared a stopgap funding measure delaying the deadline for action on the fiscal year 2020 budget until November 21, right before the congressional Thanksgiving recess. The continuing resolution (HR 4378), which has already passed the House, will extend current funding levels and avoid a government shutdown when the new fiscal more >

National Archives Seeks Input on Digital Preservation Framework

The National Archives and Records Administration is seeking public comment and discussion on its digital preservation framework, which consists of the agency’s approach to determining risks faced by electronic files, and plans for preserving different types of file formats. The deadline for submitting comments is November 1, 2019, on GitHub. In June, the Office of Management more >

Senate Appropriations Committee FY 20 Funding Bill for the National Archives Would Eliminate NHPRC

On September 19, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up the Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Services and General Government (FS&GG) bill that provides funding for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The bill includes more funding for NARA than the bill that passed the House in more >

Tickets to the 2019 NEH Jefferson Lecture Now Available

Online registration for tickets to the 2019 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities with Father Columba Stewart opens today. Father Columba Stewart, OSB, Benedictine monk, scholar of early Christianity, and executive director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, will deliver the 2019 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, titled more >

House Passes FY 20 Funding Bills That Include Increases for History-Related Programs

The House of Representatives has nearly finished passing FY 20 appropriations bills that reject the president’s budget request across-the-board. The House has passed ten of the twelve FY 20 appropriations bills. As a result we have the final House numbers for all agencies and programs that affect history, archives, humanities and education.

NPS Report Shows National Parks Generated $40 Billion Benefit to US Economy in 2018

The National Park Service (NPS) has issued a report showing that visitor spending in communities near national parks in 2018 resulted in a $40.1 billion benefit to the nation’s economy and supported 329,000 jobs. According to the report, 2018 National Park Visitor Spending Effects, more than 318 million visitors spent $20.2 billion in communities within more >

IMLS Reports Shows Over One Billion Public Library Visits in 2016

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently released its FY 2016 Public Libraries Survey report which provides an annual snapshot of public library use, financial health, staffing, and resources. The report showed Americans visited public libraries more than a billion times in FY16.

IMLS Awards $4.9 Million in Museum Grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently announced the awarding of grants totaling $4.875 million in funding under three museum programs administered by the agency.

Senate Confirms Chairman of Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

On June 27, 2019, the US Senate confirmed Aimee Jorjani as chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Ms. Jorjani is the first full-time chairman of the agency, which, among other duties, advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy. Ms. Jorjani will succeed Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson.

IMLS Award $16.2 Million in Grants to Support Libraries

The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently announced 60 grants totaling $16,288,536 to support libraries across the country. The awards were made through the FY 2019 National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. The awarded grants search on the IMLS website contains a complete list of grantees and project descriptions.