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NARA creates regulations or "rules" that state how we fulfill our agency's mission, meet statutory requirements, and conduct business with other agencies and the general public. We publish our regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), mostly under 36 CFR Chapter XII and 32 CFR Chapter XX, and they are organized into subchapters based on topics like agency functions, oversight responsibilities, or how people access the records we hold.  A complete list of our current regulations is on this page.

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  • There are no regulations open for public comment.

Records Schedule Notices

Record schedules authorize agencies to preserve records of continuing value in the National Archives of the United States and to destroy, after a specified period, records lacking administrative, legal, research, or other value. Agencies must follow a records schedule's mandatory instructions on what to do with the records once they are no longer needed for current Government business and the Archivist of the United States approves the schedule.

NARA publishes notices in the Federal Register to allow public comment on proposed records schedules before the Archivist approves them.

  • [NARA-2018-020] Notice published February 26, 2018 (Volume 83, Number 38 – pages 8301-8302) [9 schedules: DAg Foreign Agricultural Service; DoD DLA; DoD National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; HHS NIH; DHS USCIS; 2 DOJ; Dept Treasury IRS; National Indian Gaming Commission].  Request for copies due no later than March 28, 2018.

  • [NARA-2018-023] Notice published March 8, 2018 (Volume 83, Number 46 – pages 9871-9872) [6 schedules: DAg; DArmy; DOC; DHS; HUD; Treasury]. Request for copies due no later than April 9, 2018.

Information Collections

Notices on proposed information collections (e.g., forms and surveys completed by non-Federal entities and individuals) describe the collection, how we will use the information, and our estimate of the reporting burden to respondents.

  • [NARA-2018-021] First notice for renewing OMB control number 3095-0052 (Use of NARA Official Seals and/or Logos); published March 2, 2018 (Volume 83, Number 42 -- page 9031).  Comments due to NARA no later than May 1, 2018.

  • [NARA-2018-022] Second notice for renewing OMB control number 3095-0029 (Request Pertaining to Military Records); published March 5, 2018 (Volume 83, Number 43 -- page 9341).  Comments due to OMB no later than April 4, 2018.

  • [NARA-2018-024] Second notice for new generic clearance, OMB control number not yet assigned (Generic Clearance for NARA Public and Education Program Registration); published March 8, 2018 (Volume 83, Number 46 -- page 9872).  Comments due to OMB no later than April 9, 2018.

Other Requests for Public Comment:

  • There are currently no other open requests for public comment.