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Comment on Draft Policy
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Currently Open for Public Comment:
NARA creates regulations or "rules" that state how we fulfill our agency's mission, meet statutory requirements, and conduct business with other agencies and the general public. We publish our regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) under 36 CFR Chapter XII, and they are organized into subchapters based on topics like agency functions, oversight responsibilities, or how people access the records we hold.
PROPOSED RULE: NARA Records Subject to FOIA (published August 5, 2013, on pages 47245-47253)
SUMMARY:NARA proposes to revise its regulation governing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) access to NARA's archival holdings and NARA's own operational records. The proposed revisions include clarification of which records are subject to the FOIA and NARA's authority to grant access, and adjustments to NARA's FOIA procedures to incorporate changes resulting from the OPEN FOIA Act of 2009, the OPEN Government Act of 2007, and the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996 (EFOIA). The proposed rule will affect individuals and organizations that file FOIA requests for NARA operational records and archival holdings.
DATE: Submit comments on or before October 4, 2013.
Records Schedule Notices
Record schedules authorize the preservation of records of continuing value in the National Archives of the United States and the destruction, after a specified period, of records lacking administrative, legal, research, or other value. Agencies must follow a records schedule's mandatory instructions on what to do with the records once they are no longer needed for current Government business and the Archivist of the United States approves the schedule.
NARA publishes notices in the Federal Register to allow public comment on proposed records schedules before the Archivist gives his approval.
Notices on proposed information collections (e.g., forms and surveys completed by nonfederal entities and individuals) describe the collection, how we will use the information, and our estimate of the reporting burden to respondents.
- [NARA-2013-041] Title(s): National Archives and Records Administration Training and Event Evaluation; published August 19, 2013 (Volume 78, Number 160 - pages 50451 - 50451). Comments due no later than September 18, 2013.
- [NARA-2013-039] Title(s): Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request for Assistance and Consent; published July 29, 2013 (Volume 78, Number 145 - page 45569). Comments due no later than September 27, 2013.
Other Requests for Public Comment:
There are no other requests currently awaiting comments.