Trump’s FY20 Budget Proposes Cuts and Elimination of History & Humanities Programs–Again

On March 18, the White House released its detailed budget request to Congress for fiscal year (FY) 2020. As has become the norm since taking office, the president’s budget proposes devastating cuts to federal humanities and history funding. These include elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, more >

FY 2020 Budget Request for the National Archives and Records Administration

The President’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget request to Congress for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is $358 million. The President’s request includes a slight increase to NARA Operating Expenses compared to the FY 2019 appropriation and maintains FY 2019 funding levels for the Office of Inspector General and Repairs and Restoration. The President’s Budget would more >

National Archives and Obama Foundation Clarify Handling of Presidential Records

A recent article in the New York Times highlighting the new “virtual model” for the Barack Obama Presidential Library triggered a host of new questions concerning the accessibility, preservation and storage of presidential records by the National Archives. In response, the National Archives and the Obama Foundation have posted more detailed information on their websites more >

National Archives Overhauls Public Comment Process on Records Schedules

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) announced effective March 4, 2019, it is changing the process for public review and comment of proposed records schedules. Under the old process, NARA published notice in the Federal Register of agency records schedules open for comment. People who wished to review and comment on the schedules had more >

Alert–Preserve American History and Civics Education in California

Historians and educators are speaking out against an impending threat to history and civics education requirements within the curriculum of the California State University (CSU) system. This change would reach beyond the 500,000 students of the CSU, to affect over 2 million students in California Community Colleges and 6 million K-12 students whose curricula follow the more >

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 >