NARA Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Disposition of ICE Detainee Records

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is in the final stages of a records scheduling process with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for schedule DAA-0567-2015-0013, Detainee Records. The schedule, which covers records related to deaths of detainees and allegations of sexual assault and abuse of detainees, received a record number of public comments when more >


House Oversight Committee Clears Bill to Reauthorize the NHPRC

On June 12, the House Oversight and Reform Committee marked up HR 2978, the “National Historical Publications and Records Commission Reauthorization Act.” The bill would reauthorize the NHPRC at a level of $15 million from fiscal year 2020 to 2025. This is a major accomplishment since NCH has been working for ten years to get more >


House Appropriations Committee Approves FY 20 Funding for Key History Programs

On May 8, the House Appropriations Committee marked up the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Labor, HHS and Education appropriations bill. It includes good news for programs and agencies of importance to the historical community. The Committee rejected efforts by the Trump administration to eliminate three programs. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) would see more >


Oppose Budget Cuts to the National Archives and Elimination of the NHPRC!

The House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee may take up the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations bill funding the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) as soon as the week of May 6. The Trump administration has proposed major cuts to the National Archives and more >


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 >