Historian Myron Gutmann to head NSF’s Social, Behavioral & Economics Directorate

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected University of Michigan historian Myron Gutmann, director of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, to head its directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE). The directorate supports research that builds fundamental knowledge of human behavior, interaction, social and economic systems, and organizations and institutions.

President Names Jarvis Director of National Park Service

President Obama recently announced his intention to nominate Jonathan Jarvis to be director of the National Park Service. Jarvis, a 30-year veteran of the Park Service, currently is the regional director of the agency’s Pacific West Region.

Declassification Policy Public Comments

On May 27, 2009, President Obama signed a Memorandum ordering the review of Executive Order 12958, as amended, “Classified National Security Information.” The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) recently solicited public input for revisions to the Order via an on-line Declassification Policy Forum in four topical areas: Declassification Policy, a National Declassification Center, Classification Policy, and Technology Challenges and Opportunities. Summaries of the public comments can be accessed on the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s (OSTP) Blog.

NARA Provides Update on Missing Clinton Hard Drive

This week, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) provided a status update on the loss of an external hard drive containing copies of Clinton Administration Executive Office of the President (EOP) data. In May, NARA announced a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the recovery of the hard drive. The agency learned in March 2009 that the hard drive was missing from a processing room at NARA’s College Park, Maryland facility.