About the National Archives

General Counsel (NGC)

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NARA's General Counsel:

  • provides legal advice

  • conducts legal research and analysis

  • engages in administrative and Federal court litigation in support of all of NARA's programs and activities

These issues arise under NARA's governing statutes and related access and information laws, including:

  • Federal Records Act

  • Presidential Records Act

  • Presidential Libraries Act

  • Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act

  • Freedom of Information Act

  • Privacy Act

  • other statutes governing Federal agencies, such as personnel, discrimination, tort claims, administrative, fiscal, and contract law

NARA's General Counsel also:

  • provides legal advice on issues relating to NARA's support foundation and the Presidential Library support foundation

  • advises and responds to questions from the White House and other agencies on foundation issues

  • oversees special access requests for Presidential Records by Congress and the Courts

  • formulates and recommends policy and provides advice to NARA and other agency staff via its access staff (which includes NARA's FOIA and Privacy Act Officer)

  • administers NARA's ethics program

  • directs RESOLVE (NARA's alternative dispute resolution program)

NARA's organization is based upon the priorities established in Preserving the Past to Protect the Future, the Strategic Plan of the National Archives and Records Administration.

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