Ways to Comment
- Send comments via regulations.gov or by fax, postal mail, hand delivery or courier (consult the "Addresses" section of the relevant proposed rule).
Comment on Draft Policy
We welcome your comments. Comments that you send us help inform our decisions and policies concerning our service to you. Once we receive your comments, we will consider them carefully. Public comments become a permanent part of the case file, and may be available for public review.
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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: 36 CFR Subchapter B, records management regulations, phase 1, RIN 3095-AB74 (published March 9, 2016, Volume 81-46, on pages 12432-12440). We are proposing to revise our records management regulations to reflect changes in technology, practice, and organizational structure. This is phase I of the revisions and includes changes to provisions in regulations on managing vital records, records disposition programs, general records schedules, emergency authorization to destroy records, transfer of records to records storage facilities, transfer, use, and disposition of records in a NARA Federal Records Center, and program assistance and inspections.
Submit comments on or before May 9, 2016.
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.
[NARA-2016-025] Notice published April 1, 2016 (Volume 81, Number 63 – pages 18895-18896). Request for copies due no later than May 2, 2016.
[NARA-2016-026] Notice published April 11, 2016 (Volume 81, Number 69 – pages 21402-21404). Request for copies due no later than May 11, 2016.
[NARA-2016-027] Notice published April 26, 2016 (Volume 81, Number 80 – pages 24656-24658). Request for copies due no later than May 26, 2016.
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.
- There are no information collections currently awaiting comments.
Other Requests for Public Comment:
[NARA-2016-022] FOIA Advisory Committee: Solicitation for Committee Member Nominations (published March 22, 2016, Volume 81-55, on page 15352). Submit nominations for Committee membership before 5 pm EDT on April 30, 2016.