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Module 1: History and Mission of NARA
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How We Fit Within the Branches of Government
d A balance with three pans showing the three Federal government branches: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial appears on the screen. The pan labeled Legislative shows a seal of the United States Congress. The pan labeled Judicial shows the seal of the Judicial Branch. The pan labeled Executive shows a seal of the president of the United States. NARA is shown in the pan labeled Executive.

The separation of powers into three Federal Government branches, and the balance between them, is a key component of the U.S. Constitution. NARA is an independent agency of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. An unusual feature of NARA is that it cares for the records of all three branches. However, because of the separation of powers, the records are administered under different (Public Link) laws and authorities.

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