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Tell your Representative to Support NARA and NHPRC

  • 1.  Tell your Representative to Support NARA and NHPRC

    Posted Mar 17, 2023 04:52 PM
    This is a call to action for SAA Membership!


    Congressman John Larson (D-CT) is circulating a "Dear Colleague" letter (see below) in the House of Representatives in support of President Biden's funding request of $443.2 million for the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) operating expenses budget. The Society of American Archivists and allied professional organizations are supporting this budget request.


    The "Dear Colleague" letter currently has 30 signatories and we are hoping to get another 30 by the end of the day on Tuesday, March 21.


    If you do not see your Representative's name listed as a co-signer below, call your Representative's Office today! All Members of Congress can be reached through the US Capitol switchboard at (202)224-3121 or you can find their office phone number via the directory on the House website - If you are uncertain who represents your Congressional district, use the link above and enter your ZIP code in the box at the top of the page.


    The message is simple. Simply ask the staff person you speak with to have the Representative sign onto the National Archives Dear Colleague letter. They do so through an internal House email system. So there is no need for you to forward the letter.


    Please remember we are only looking for House members on this letter. A Senate Dear Colleague on the NARA budget is in final draft and will be sent out next week.


    Thanks for your support!

    Krista Ferrante

    Chair, SAA Committee on Public Policy

    Support Adequate Funding for National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in FY24

    Sending Office: Honorable John B. Larson
    Sent By:





    Request for Cosponsor(s)

    SIGN ON DEADLINE 3/21/23

    FY23 Co-Signers: Reps. Beyer, Blunt Rochester, Boyle, Brown, Brownley, Bustos, Carson, Cohen, Connolly, Courtney, Davids, Davis, Dean, Dingell, Foster, Jayapal, Johnson, Keating, Levin, McGovern, Norton, Panetta, Pappas, Pascrell, Raskin, Schakowsky, Suozzi, Veasey, Welch

    Quill Sign-On Link


    Dear Colleague:

    I invite you to join me in sending a letter to appropriators urging adequate funding for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) in FY24.

    NARA's core function is to preserve and make accessible federal government and historical records. The National Archives now has over 40 facilities nationwide including its main facilities in Washington, D.C. and College Park, Maryland, and 14 Presidential Libraries. NARA is also responsible for the Federal Register and the NHPRC, which provides grants for the creation of documentary collections (books and electronic) of the papers of nationally significant individuals and institutions.

    NARA faces enormous challenges. For example, as of September there was a backlog of nearly 440,000 requests for veterans' records at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, on December 31, 2022, NARA implemented a new policy that requires federal agencies to submit all records to NARA in electronic form; paper records are no longer accepted. This major policy shift requires increased funding to make that transition. NARA has also committed itself by FY 2026 to digitize 500 million pages of records and make them available online to the public through the National Archives Catalog.

    It is crucial now more than ever that Congress appropriates the President's full funding request of $443.2 million for the agency's operating expenses and that NHPRC be funded at $10 million. This is an essentially flat budget that covers the cost of the 5.2 percent increase in federal salaries and inflationary increases to facility operations and other non-labor costs.

    In addition to distributing grants across the country the leverage private funds, NHPRC supports grants that tackle major archival issues, such as preservation of electronic records, disaster preparedness, and coordination and communication among archivists nationwide.

    As Members of Congress, we must support historic preservation and open access to public records. To join this letter, please sign on via Quill by Tuesday, 3/21/23.


    John B. Larson

    Member of Congress