(a)The Archivist shall examine the lists and schedules submitted to him under section
3303 of this title. If the Archivist determines that any of the records listed in a list or schedule submitted to him do not, or will not after the lapse of the period specified, have sufficient administrative, legal, research, or other value to warrant their continued preservation by the Government, he may, after publication of notice in the Federal Register and an opportunity for interested persons to submit comment thereon—
(1)notify the agency to that effect; and
(2)empower the agency to dispose of those records in accordance with regulations promulgated under section
3302 of this title.
(b)Authorizations granted under lists and schedules submitted to the Archivist under section
3303 of this title, and schedules promulgated by the Archivist under subsection (d) of this section, shall be mandatory, subject to section
2909 of this title. As between an authorization granted under lists and schedules submitted to the Archivist under section
3303 of this title and an authorization contained in a schedule promulgated under subsection (d) of this section, application of the authorization providing for the shorter retention period shall be required, subject to section
2909 of this title.
(c)The Archivist may request advice and counsel from the Committee on Rules and Administration of the Senate and the Committee on House Oversight of the House of Representatives with respect to the disposal of any particular records under this chapter whenever he considers that—
(1)those particular records may be of special interest to the Congress; or
(2)consultation with the Congress regarding the disposal of those particular records is in the public interest.
However, this subsection does not require the Archivist to request such advice and counsel as a regular procedure in the general disposal of records under this chapter.
(d)The Archivist shall promulgate schedules authorizing the disposal, after the lapse of specified periods of time, of records of a specified form or character common to several or all agencies if such records will not, at the end of the periods specified, have sufficient administrative, legal, research, or other value to warrant their further preservation by the United States Government.
(e)The Archivist may approve and effect the disposal of records that are in his legal custody, provided that records that had been in the custody of another existing agency may not be disposed of without the written consent of the head of the agency.
(f)The Archivist shall make an annual report to the Congress concerning the disposal of records under this chapter, including general descriptions of the types of records disposed of and such other information as he considers appropriate to keep the Congress fully informed regarding the disposal of records under this chapter.
2004—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 108–383struck out at end “A Federal agency may request changes in such schedules for its records pursuant to section
2909 of this title.”
1996—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 104–186substituted “House Oversight” for “House Administration”.
1984—Pub. L. 98–497, § 107(b)(25)(B), substituted “Archivist” for “Administrator of General Services” in section catchline.
Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 98–497, § 107(b)(24), substituted “Archivist” for “Administrator of General Services” and “Archivist” for “Administrator”.
Pub. L. 98–497, § 204, inserted “, after publication of notice in the Federal Register and an opportunity for interested persons to submit comment thereon” after “may” in second sentence.
Subsecs. (b) to (f). Pub. L. 98–497, § 107(b)(24)(B), substituted “Archivist” for “Administrator” wherever appearing.
1978—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 95–440, § 1(a), made schedules promulgated by Administrator under subsec. (d) of this section mandatory; inserted provision for application of authorization providing for shorter retention period as between an authorization granted under lists and schedules submitted under section
3303 of this title and an authorization in a schedule promulgated under subsec. (d) of this section; and struck out provision making permissive authorizations granted under subsec. (d) schedules.
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 95–440, § 1(b), (c), substituted “shall” for “may” in first sentence and authorized Federal agencies to request changes in disposal schedules for its records pursuant to section
2909 of this title.
Change of Name
Committee on House Oversight of House of Representatives changed to Committee on House Administration of House of Representatives by House Resolution No. 5, One Hundred Sixth Congress, Jan. 6, 1999.
For termination, effective May 15, 2000, of reporting provisions in subsec. (f) of this section, see section 3003 ofPub. L. 104–66, as amended, set out as a note under section
1113 of Title
31, Money and Finance, and the 7th item on page 180 of House Document No. 103–7.
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