The National Coalition for History’s Leland White has posted a flurry of Washington updates since last week. His coverage includes:
The National Coalition for History (NCH), a non-profit organization that advocates for the history community, now has a new web site: http://historycoalition.org/ NCH’s new online home allows it to “bring you real-time access to news as it is made in Washington through our new blog postings on the website and an RSS feed.” The site also contains links to advocacy issues, government contacts, and a number of history organizations. NCH will continue to provide its weekly email newsletter, Washington Update, while the web site will allow for more up to date information on legislation, hearings, and other relevant events in Washington.
Lee White from the National Coalition for History posted the latest Washington Update last Friday, April 6. Highlights from this edition include:
- Open positions at the National Park Service. The positions of Chief Historian and Bureau Historian are currently vacant at the National Park Service.
- NHA Conference. Erin Smith of the National Humanities Alliance reports that the recent NHA Conference and Humanities Advocacy Day was a success. Also read about the NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants, which were awarded at the NHA conference.
The most recent newsletter from the National Coalition for History (NCH) reports on a number of bills recently passed by the House. Including:
- H.R. 1255, the “Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2007”
- H.R. 1309, the “Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 2007”
- H.R. 1254, the “Presidential Donation Reform Act of 2007”
In more news from the House, Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein testifies on NARA’s budget for 2008. See all the numbers, and a synopsis of the debate, in the NCH newsletter.
Yesterday a Statement of Administrative Policy on H.R. 1255, was posted on the Office of Management and Budget web site. The statement asserts, “if H.R. 1255 were to be presented to the President, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.” H.R. 1255, also titled the “Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2007”, would overturn President Bush’s 2001 Executive Order 13233 that allows presidents, vice presidents, former presidents, and even the families of former presidents to delay or withhold presidential records indefinitely.
In the latest NCH Washington Update, Lee White keeps us abreast of the latest history goings-on in the nation’s capital. Some highlights:
On March 1, 2007, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and the National Archives held a hearing to discuss infamous Executive Order 13233. This order, issued by President Bush in November 2001, gives current and former presidents, vice presidents, and a former president’s family the authority to withhold presidential records from the public virtually indefinitely.
In the National Coalition for History’s (NCH) latest online newsletter, director Lee White reports on how the budget passed by Congress on February 14th provides good news for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the Department of Education’s “Teaching American History” initiative, and others.
Also, read about the web site, The Presidential Timeline of the Twentieth Century, created by the National Archives and put up yesterday, President’s Day, February 19th.
The National Coalition for History reports (in its January 27th newsletter) that the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) met last week and heard frustrations about the current declassification process. Chairman L. Britt Snider presided over the meeting, and board members David E. Skaggs, Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, and Admiral William O. Studeman, USN (Ret.) were also present. The board heard from Mark Zaid (litigator and executive director of the James Madison Project), Meredith Fuchs (General Counsel to the National Security Archive), and Scott Armstrong (executive director of the Information Trust), all of whom had experienced the declassification process and had suggestions and comments to make.