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H.R. 3478 (108th): National Archives and Records Administration Efficiency Act of 2004

The text of the bill below is as of Nov 7, 2003 (Introduced).


HR 3478 IH

108th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3478

To amend title 44, United States Code, to improve the efficiency of operations by the National Archives and Records Administration.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 7, 2003

Mr. PUTNAM (for himself and Mr. CLAY) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Government Reform


A BILL

To amend title 44, United States Code, to improve the efficiency of operations by the National Archives and Records Administration.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘National Archives and Records Administration Efficiency Act of 2003’.

SEC. 2. EXTENSION OF RECORDS RETENTION PERIODS.

    (a) EXTENSION OF RECORDS RETENTION PERIODS BY REGULATION- Section 2909 of title 44, United States Code, is amended--

      (1) by striking ‘, upon the submission of evidence of need,’;

      (2) by striking ‘; and, in accordance with regulations promulgated by him,’ and inserting ‘, and’; and

      (3) by adding at the end the following: ‘The Archivist shall promulgate regulations in accordance with section 2104(a) of this title to implement this section.’.

    (b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- Subsection (d) of section 3303a of title 44, United States Code, is amended by striking the second sentence.

SEC. 3. AUTHORITY FOR RECORDS CENTER REVOLVING FUND TO BE USED FOR THE PURCHASE AND CARE OF UNIFORMS FOR RECORDS CENTERS EMPLOYEES.

    Subsection (a) under the heading ‘RECORDS CENTER REVOLVING FUND’ in title IV of the Independent Agencies Appropriations Act (Public Law 106-58; 113 Stat. 460; 44 U.S.C. 2901 note) is amended by inserting after ‘expenses’ the following: ‘(including expenses for uniforms or allowances for uniforms as authorized by subchapter I of chapter 59 of title 5)’.

SEC. 4. AUTHORITY TO CHARGE FEES FOR PUBLIC USE OF FACILITIES OF NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION.

    (a) PRESIDENTIAL ARCHIVAL DEPOSITORIES- Subsection (e) of section 2112 of title 44, United States Code, is amended by striking ‘space’ and inserting ‘space, or for the occasional, non-official use of rooms and spaces (and services related to such use),’.

    (b) NATIONAL ARCHIVES BUILDING AND OTHER BUILDINGS USED FOR RECORD STORAGE- Section 2903 of title 44, United States Code, is amended--

      (1) by inserting ‘(a)’ before ‘The Archivist’; and

      (2) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    ‘(b) When the Archivist considers it to be in the public interest, the Archivist may charge and collect reasonable fees from the public for the occasional, non-official use of rooms and spaces, and services related to such use, in the buildings subject to this section. Fees collected under this subsection shall be paid into an account in the National Archives Trust Fund and shall be held, administered, and expended for the benefit and in the interest of the national archival and records activities administered by the National Archives and Records Administration, including educational and public program purposes.’.

SEC. 5. AUTHORITY TO USE COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS WITH STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, AND OTHER PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO FURTHER NARA PROGRAMS.

    (a) AUTHORITY- Chapter 21 of title 44, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

‘Sec. 2119. Cooperative agreements

    ‘(a) AUTHORITY- The Archivist may enter into cooperative agreements pursuant to section 6305 of title 31 that involve the transfer of funds from the National Archives and Records Administration to State and local governments, other public entities, educational institutions, or private nonprofit organizations (including foundations or institutes organized to support the National Archives and Records Administration or the Presidential archival depositories operated by it) for the public purpose of carrying out programs of the National Archives and Records Administration.

    ‘(b) LIMITATIONS- Not more than $25,000 may be transferred under a cooperative agreement entered into as authorized by subsection (a). Not more than a total of $75,000 may be transferred under such agreements in any fiscal year.

    ‘(c) REPORT- Not later than December 31st of each year, the Archivist shall submit to the Committee on Government Reform of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate a report on the provisions, amount, and duration of each cooperative agreement entered into as authorized by subsection (a) during the preceding fiscal year.’.

    (b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT- The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

      ‘2119. Cooperative agreements.’.