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National Archives Regulations and Policies

  • Regulations: General and permanent rules of the National Archives are, along with those of other agencies of the Federal Government, published in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) as well as the Federal Register.

  • Directives: National Archives directives consist of the following:

    • Policy Directives: A policy directive prescribes or amends internal policy, procedures, authorities, or organizational structure and remains in effect until canceled or superseded.

    • Supplements: A supplement provides detailed procedures, examples, useful hints, etc., to assist employees in carrying out the procedures contained in the directive. Supplements cannot contradict policy directives and remain in effect until canceled or superseded.

    • Interim Guidances: An interim guidance provides temporary National Archives internal policy, procedures, authorities, or organizational structure. Interim guidances are issued when policy must be immediately conveyed. An interim guidance should be incorporated into a policy directive within one year of the signature date.

We will provide updates to our regulations and directives as they are issued or revised.

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