National Park Service Names New Chief Historian

Effective January 8, 2017, Dr. Turkiya L. Lowe entered on duty as the National Park Service’s new Chief Historian. She holds a Ph.D. in African American history and a Master’s degree in United States history from the University of Washington, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in history from Howard University.

New Federal Rule Exempts Oral History From IRB Review

  On January 19 the federal government issued its final rule governing Institutional Review Boards (IRB), which “explicitly removes” oral history and journalism from the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. It was originally promulgated as the “Common Rule” in 1991. The historical community, collaborating through the National Coalition for History, has long argued that more >

Compromise Reached in Preservation of Battle of Princeton Property

The Institute for Advanced Study and the Civil War Trust today jointly announced a plan to significantly expand the land that will be preserved adjacent to the current Princeton Battlefield State Park while enabling the Institute to construct new housing for its faculty on its campus. The National Coalition for History is a member of more >

New Information Security Oversight Office Director Appointed

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero recently announced the appointment of Mark A. Bradley as the Director of the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO). The President of the United States approved Mr. Bradley’s appointment, which will become effective December 25, 2016. He succeeds John P. Fitzpatrick, who moved to the National Security Council in more >

New Director of Office of Government Information Services Named

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero recently announced the appointment of Alina Semo as the new Director of the National Archives Office of Government Information Services (OGIS). OGIS, an organization established under the OPEN Government Act of 2007, provides policy guidance and mediation services for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) activities government-wide.

NCH Intervenes To Preserve History Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center

In July, NCH was made aware by the leadership of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) that the history office at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Johnson Space Center (JSC) was likely to be defunded and closed at the end of the 2016 fiscal year on September 30. One historian in the three-person office had more >

FOIA Reform Act Signed Into Law by President Obama

On June 30, President Obama signed into law the “FOIA Improvement Act of 2016” (PL 114-185). NCH supported the legislation codifying comprehensive reforms to the Freedom of Information Act that increase public access and restore a presumption of openness in the handling of federal records. The law represents the first major improvements to the FOIA in over a more >

Federal Regulation on Controlled Unclassified Information Issued

On September 14, the National Archives issued a final rule, “Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI),” establishing consistent practices and procedures for safeguarding, disseminating, controlling, and marking CUI across Executive Branch departments and agencies. It goes into effect November 13, 2016.

Information Security Oversight Office Releases its Annual Report to the President

The Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) recently released its Report to the President for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. This annual report covers government agencies’security classification activities, shares cost estimates for these activities, and provides an update on the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) program.