(Pub. L. 90–620, Oct. 22, 1968, 82 Stat. 1287; Pub. L. 98–497, title I, § 101,Oct. 19, 1984, 98 Stat. 2280.)
Historical and Revision Notes
Based on 44 U.S. Code, 1964 ed., § 391(a) (June 30, 1949, ch. 288, title I, § 104,63 Stat. 381
This section incorporates only the last sentence of paragraph (a) of former section
391. The balance of that section will be found in sections 1506, 2301, 2501, and 2902 of the revision.
1984—Pub. L. 98–497
substituted provisions directing that there shall be an independent establishment in the executive branch of the Government to be known as the National Archives and Records Administration and that the Administration shall be administered under the supervision and direction of the Archivist for provisions which had formerly directed only that the Administrator of General Services appoint the Archivist of the United States.
Effective Date of 1984 Amendment
Section 301 ofPub. L. 98–497
provided that: “The provisions of this Act [enacting sections
of this title and provisions set out as notes under this section and section
of this title, redesignating existing sections
of this title, amending this section, sections
of this title, provisions set out as a note under section
of this title, sections
, General Provisions, sections
, The President, sections
, Flag and Seal, Seat of Government, and the States, sections
, Government Organization and Employees, section
, Indians, and repealing section
of this title] (including the amendments made by this Act) shall be effective on April 1, 1985.”
Section 105 ofPub. L. 98–497
“(a) All orders, determinations, rules, regulations, grants, contracts, agreements, permits, licenses, privileges, and other actions which have been issued, granted, made, undertaken, or entered into in the performance of any function transferred by this Act [Pub. L. 98–497
] or the amendments made by this Act shall continue in effect according to their terms until modified, terminated, superseded, set aside, or revoked in accordance with law by any authorized official, a court of competent jurisdiction, or by operation of law.
“(b)(1) The transfer of functions by this Act [Pub. L. 98–497
] and by the amendments made by this Act shall not affect any proceedings, including notices of proposed rulemaking, or any application for any license, permit, certificate, or financial assistance pending on the effective date of this Act [Apr. 1, 1985] before the General Services Administration; but such proceedings and applications, to the extent that they relate to the functions so transferred, shall be continued. Orders shall be issued in such proceedings, appeals shall be taken therefrom, and payments shall be made pursuant to such orders, as if this Act had not been enacted; and orders issued in any such proceedings shall continue in effect until modified, terminated, superseded, or revoked by the Archivist, by a court of competent jurisdiction, or by operation of law. Nothing in this subsection shall be deemed to prohibit the discontinuance or modification of any such proceeding under the same terms and conditions and to the same extent that such proceeding could have been discontinued or modified if this Act had not been enacted.
“(2) The Archivist is authorized to promulgate regulations providing for the orderly transfer of proceedings continued under paragraph (1) from the General Services Administration to the Administration.
“(c) Except as provided in subsection (e)—
“(1) the provisions of this Act [Pub. L. 98–497
] and of the amendments made by this Act shall not affect actions commenced prior to the effective date of this Act [Apr. 1, 1985], and
“(2) in all such actions, proceedings shall be had, appeals taken, and judgments rendered in the same manner and effect as if this Act had not been enacted.
“(d) No action or other proceeding lawfully commenced by or against any officer of the United States acting in the official capacity of such officer shall abate by reason of any transfer of functions by this Act [Pub. L. 98–497
] or by an amendment made by this Act. No cause of action by or against the General Services Administration or by or against any officer thereof in the official capacity of such officer shall abate by reason of any such transfer of functions.
“(e) If, before the date on which this Act takes effect [Apr. 1, 1985], the General Services Administration or any officer thereof in the official capacity of such officer, is a party to an action, and under this Act [Pub. L. 98–497
] or the amendments made by this Act any function in connection with such action is transferred to the Archivist or any other official of the Administration, then such action shall be continued with the Archivist or other appropriate official of the Administration substituted or added as a party.
“(f) Orders and actions of the Archivist in the exercise of functions transferred by this Act [Pub. L. 98–497
] or by amendments made by this Act shall be subject to judicial review to the same extent and in the same manner as if such orders and actions had been by the individual holding the office of Archivist of the United States on the day before the effective date of this Act [Apr. 1, 1985] or the Administrator of General Services in the exercise of such functions immediately preceding their transfer. Any statutory requirements relating to notice, hearings, action upon the record, or administrative review that apply to any function transferred by this Act or by any amendment made by this Act shall apply to the exercise of such function by the Archivist.”
Transfer of Functions, Personnel, Assets, Liabilities, Contracts, Property, Records, and Unexpended Balances, Etc.
Sections 103, 104 ofPub. L. 98–497
“Sec. 103. (a) The National Archives and Records Service of the General Services Administration is transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration.
“(b)(1) All functions which were assigned to the Administrator of General Services by section 6 of Executive Order No. 10530 of May 11, 1954 (19 Fed. Reg. 2709 [set out as a note under section
, The President]; relating to documents and the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register), and by Executive Order Nunbered [sic] 11440 of December 11, 1968 (33 Fed. Reg. 18475 [set out as a note under section
of this title]; relating to supplemental use of Federal exhibits and displays), shall be exercised by the Archivist of the United States.
“(2) All functions pertaining to the maintenance, operation, and protection of a Presidential archival depository which were assigned to the Administrator of General Services by the Act of September 6, 1965 (Public Law 89–169, 79 Stat. 648
) [set out as a note under section
of this title], relating to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Archival Depository, and by the Act of August 27, 1966 (Public Law 89–547, 80 Stat. 370
) [set out as a note under section
of this title] and the Act of May 26, 1977 (Public Law 95–34, 91 Stat. 174
), relating to the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, shall be exercised by the Archivist of the United States.
“(c) In the exercise of the functions transferred by this Act [Pub. L. 98–497
] and the amendments made by this Act, the Archivist shall have the same authority as had the Administrator of General Services prior to the transfer of such functions, and the actions of the Archivist shall have the same force and effect as when exercised by such Administrator.
“(d) Prior to the appointment and confirmation of an individual to serve as Archivist of the United States under section
, United States Code, the individual holding the office of Archivist of the United States on the day before the effective date of this Act [Apr. 1, 1985] may serve as Archivist under such section, and while so serving shall be compensated at the rate provided under subsection (b) of such section.
“Sec. 104. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this Act [Pub. L. 98–497
], the personnel employed in connection with, and the assets, liabilities, contracts, property, records, and unexpended balances of appropriations, authorizations, allocations, and other funds employed, held, used, arising from, available to or to be made available in connection with the functions and agencies transferred by this Act and the amendments made by this Act, subject to section
, United States Code, are transferred to the Archivist for appropriate allocation. Pursuant to the preceding sentence, there shall be transferred to the Archivist for appropriate allocation (1) for the remainder of fiscal year 1985, an amount equal to not less than $2,760,000 (adjusted to reflect actual salaries and benefits of transferred employees and other costs) from the unexpended balances of the fiscal year 1985 funds and appropriations available to the General Services Administration, and (2) 115.5 full-time equivalent employee positions, of which not less than 30 percent shall be vacant. Unexpended funds transferred pursuant to this subsection shall be used only for the purposes for which the funds were originally authorized and appropriated.
“(b) The transfer pursuant to this title [title I (§§ 101–108) of Pub. L. 98–497
] of full-time personnel (except special Government employees) and part-time personnel holding permanent positions shall not cause any such employees to be separated or reduced in grade or compensation for one year after such transfer or after the effective date of this Act [Apr. 1, 1985], whichever is later.”
Annual Capital Needs Assessment for Funding of Repairs and Restoration
Pub. L. 111–8
, div. D, title V, Mar. 11, 2009, 123 Stat. 668
, provided that: “Hereafter, the National Archives and Records Administration shall include in its annual budget submission a comprehensive capital needs assessment for funding provided under the ‘Repairs and Restoration’ appropriations account to be updated yearly: Provided, That funds proposed under the ‘Repairs and Restoration’ appropriations account for each fiscal year shall be allocated to projects on a priority basis established under a comprehensive capital needs assessment.”
Establishment of Positions of Director of the Center for Legislative Archives and Specialist in Congressional History
Pub. L. 101–509
, title IV, § 1(a)–(c), Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat. 1416
, 1417, as amended by Pub. L. 103–329
, title V, § 541,Sept. 30, 1994, 108 Stat. 2415
, provided that:
“(a)(1) The Director of the Center for Legislative Archives within the National Archives and Records Administration shall be established without regard to chapter
and shall be paid at a rate determined without regard to the provisions of chapter
governing General Schedule classification and pay rates: Provided, That such pay shall be no less than 120 percent of the rate of pay for GS–15, step 1 of the General Schedule nor more than the rate of pay in effect for level one of the Senior Executive Schedule.
“(2) There is established within the Center for Legislative Archives within the National Archives and Records Administration the position of Specialist in Congressional History.
“(b) There shall be made available from funds appropriated in each fiscal year to the National Archives and Records Administration, $20,000 for the administrative expenses of the Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress established under section
, United States Code.
“(c) There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of subsections (a) and (b) of this section.”
References in Other Laws
Section 106 ofPub. L. 98–497
provided that: “With respect to any functions transferred by this Act [Pub. L. 98–497
] or by an amendment made by this Act and exercised after the effective date of this Act [Apr. 1, 1985], reference in any other Federal law to the office of the Archivist of the United States as in existence on the date before the effective date of this Act, or the National Archives and Records Service of the General Services Administration, or any office or officer thereof, shall be deemed to refer to the Archivist or the Administration.”
Section 302 ofPub. L. 98–497
provided that: “Any new spending authority (within the meaning of section 401 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 [2
]) which is provided under this Act shall be effective for any fiscal year only to the extent or in such amounts as provided in appropriations Acts.”
Section 108 ofPub. L. 98–497
provided that: “For purposes of sections
106 [set out as notes above]—
“(1) the term ‘Archivist’ means the Archivist of the United States appointed under section
, United States Code, as added by section 102(a)(2) of this Act;
“(2) the term ‘Administration’ means the National Archives and Records Administration established under section 2102 of such title (as amended by section 101 of this Act); and
“(3) the term ‘function’ includes any duty, obligation, power, authority, responsibility, right, privilege, activity, or program.”