House and Senate Pass Fiscal Year ’12 Funding Bill (updated 12/19/11)

The House and Senate have completed action omnibus spending bill for fiscal year (FY) 2012. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law shortly. The legislation would fund the federal government until September 30, 2012. Of major interest to the historical community, the Teaching American History Grants program at the U.S. Department of more >

FY ’12 Federal Funding Decisions At Final Stage–Action Needed Now!

The House and Senate are concluding year-end negotiations over Fiscal Year 2012 spending levels. It is important if you care about funding for agencies such as the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Historical Publications & Records Commission, and Department of Education programs such as Teaching American History grants and Title VI/Fulbright-Hays International Education, more >

House Oversight Committee Passes Presidential and Federal Records Reform Bill

On November 17, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved, by voice vote, H.R. 3071, the “Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2011.” The version as adopted embodied a manager’s amendment offered by Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. that added federal records management provisions to the original bill which only addressed presidential records.

FOIA Ombudsman Launches Online Case Management System

The National Archives Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) – the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Ombudsman – launched a new online case management system on November 28.