What Authority Does NARA Have?
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The mission of NARA is rooted in various laws. These laws authorize NARA to:
Guide and assist Federal officials in the management of records
Determine the retention and disposition of records
Operate Federal Records Centers
Receive, preserve, protect, and make available permanently valuable Federal and Presidential records
Receive, preserve, protect, and make available donated materials in NARA facilities, including Presidential libraries