“Report Card” Shows Students Lagging in Geography Knowledge

Fewer than one-third of the nation’s students achieve at or above the proficient level in geography, according to the latest results released this week from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The geography report card, released on the heels of report cards in civics and U.S. history, adds to a picture of stagnating or more >

National Archives Proposed Rule on Reproduction Fees

The National Archives is proposing to change its regulations to add the methodology for creating and changing records reproduction fees, to remove records reproduction fees found in its regulations, and to provide a notification process for the public of new or proposed fees.

Nixon Presidential Library Releases Additional Records

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, operated by the National Archives, has opened to the public over 500,000 pages of textual materials, one hour of dictabelt recordings, and an online exhibit focusing on the December 1972 bombing of North Vietnam.

NARA Conservators Reveal Previously Illegible Text in Magna Carta

The National Archives has completed the first phase of a major project leading to the re-encasement and public display of Magna Carta. The document – written on parchment in 1297 with iron gall ink – is one of 17 surviving versions of Magna Carta in the world today, the only one in North America and more >

Information Security Oversight Office Director Named

Archivist of the United David S. Ferriero has announced the appointment of John P. Fitzpatrick as the Director of the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO). The President of the United States approved Mr. Fitzpatrick’s appointment, which will become effective on Monday, August 1, 2011. He succeeds William J. Bosanko, who became the Executive for Agency more >

National Declassification Center Issues Progress Report

The National Declassification Center at the National Archives has released its Third Bi-Annual status report. This report details the progress made since January 2010 in meeting the President’s December 29, 2009, charge to eliminate the approximately 400 million page back log of reviewed, but not publicly available records at NARA. Click here to view the more >

Bill to Abolish the NHPRC Introduced in the House

Legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives to eliminate the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant-making arm of the National Archives. H.R. 2531, the “Stop Wasting Archive Grants Act of 2011,” was introduced by Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

NEH and National Park Service Funding Cut by House Appropriations Committee

This week, the House Appropriations Committee approved (by a vote of 28-18) the fiscal year (FY) 2012 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which provides funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), conservation and heritage programs National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution.

National Park Service Awards Historic Preservation Grants

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently announced $26.7 million in grants from the Historic Preservation Fund to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, and three independent Pacific island nations.