President Requests $423M for National Archives FY12 Budget
Press Release · Monday, February 14, 2011

Washington, DC…President Barack Obama today sent to Congress a proposed Fiscal Year 2012 budget request for the Federal Government that calls for $422,501,000 for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

The requested amount for NARA is an 8.2 percent decrease from the FY 2011 President’s Budget request of $460,287,000. NARA still has not received an annual appropriation for FY 2011 and is operating under Continuing Resolution Authority which holds our spending to FY 2010 levels.

“This is a difficult budget climate that has required extraordinary actions such as freezing Federal Government civilian employee pay for two years. NARA’s budget reflects that reality. However, with the resources provided we will be able meet our vital mission to preserve the nation’s important records and make them accessible to the public as soon as possible,” said Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero.

The greatest budget savings will come from the earlier decision to stop development of the Electronic Records Archives (ERA) and move directly into an operations and maintenance mode. This transition at the end of FY 2011 will reduce program expenditures by $36,300,000. Beginning in FY 2012, ERA will become an operational system and will be moved back into the Operating Expenses (OE) appropriation.

In FY 2012, the President is requesting $403,742,000 for the merged OE and ERA appropriation. This is a net decrease of 7 percent or $30,447,000 from the combined FY 2011 President’s Request for OE and ERA of $434,189,000. While the majority of the decrease is within the ERA program, NARA followed Administration guidance in reducing or eliminating a variety of programs to ensure that available resources are going towards our most critical mission requirements.

New priorities that the National Archives will be able to accommodate within available funding include: hiring 15 new employees to improve government-wide and internal electronic recordkeeping; obtaining storage space for archival records to address the critical shortage of records storage space in the Washington, DC, area; supporting records storage space requirements for archival records at the new National Personnel Records C