Controversy over Proposed “Destruction” of Interior Department Records Explained

In recent days, misinformation has gone viral on the internet that the Department of Interior is proposing to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) the destruction of valuable historical records having to do with the Endangered Species Act, Fish and Wildlife, energy management and other important issues under the department’s jurisdiction. Conversations with senior officials at the more >

Congress Passes Partial FY 19 Federal Funding Bills

Congress approved five of twelve appropriations bills by the time the 2019 fiscal year began on October 1. While that might not seem like a major accomplishment, it had not been accomplished in 22 years. These bills include funding for the Department of Education, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Library of Congress.

Congressional Research Service Reports Database Activated

The 2018 omnibus appropriations bill that was passed by Congress and signed by the President in May included a provision mandating that all non-confidential CRS reports be made publicly available online through a free website within 90 to 270 days of their publication. Before now, CRS reports were not easily accessible to the public. The more >

IMLS Reauthorization Bill Introduced

On September 28, the “Museum and Library Services Act” (S. 3530) was re-introduced by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) to accommodate a minor change in the state library grant formula. This bill will reauthorize the IMLS. This change to the library state grant funding formula doesn’t affect museum provisions included in the previous version that was introduced more >