Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments

Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 243 (Wednesday, December 18, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 243 (Wednesday, December 18, 2019)]
[Pages 69395-69396]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2019-27203]
[NARA-19-0018; NARA-2020-014]
Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments
AGENCY: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
ACTION: Notice of availability of proposed records schedules; request
for comments.
SUMMARY: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
publishes notice of certain Federal agency requests for records
disposition authority (records schedules). We publish notice in the
Federal Register and on for records schedules in which
agencies propose to dispose of records they no longer need to conduct
agency business. We invite public comments on such records schedules.
DATES: NARA must receive comments by February 3, 2020.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods.
You must cite the control number, which appears on the records schedule
in parentheses after the name of the agency that submitted the
     Federal eRulemaking Portal:
     Mail: Records Appraisal and Agency Assistance (ACR);
National Archives and Records Administration; 8601 Adelphi Road;
College Park, MD 20740-6001.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Records Management Operations by email
at [email protected], by mail at the address above, or by phone
at 301-837-1799.
Public Comment Procedures
    We are publishing notice of records schedules in which agencies
propose to dispose of records they no longer need to conduct agency
business. We invite public comments on these records schedules, as
required by 44 U.S.C. 3303a(a), and list the schedules at the end of
this notice by agency and subdivision requesting disposition authority.
    In addition, this notice lists the organizational unit(s)
accumulating the records or states that the schedule has agency-wide
applicability. It also provides the control number assigned to each
schedule, which you will need if you submit comments on that schedule.
We have uploaded the records schedules and accompanying appraisal
memoranda to the docket for this notice as ``other''
documents. Each records schedule contains a full description of the
records at the file unit level as well as their proposed disposition.
The appraisal memorandum for the schedule includes information about
the records.
    We will post comments, including any personal information and
attachments, to the public docket unchanged. Because comments are
public, you are responsible for ensuring that you do not include any
confidential or other information that you or a third party may not
wish to be publicly posted. If you want to submit a comment with
confidential information or cannot otherwise use the
portal, you may contact [email protected] for instructions on
submitting your comment.
    We will consider all comments submitted by the posted deadline and
consult as needed with the Federal agency seeking the disposition
authority. After considering comments, we will post on
a ``Consolidated Reply'' summarizing the comments, responding to them,
and noting any changes we have made to the proposed records schedule.
We will then send the schedule for final approval by the Archivist of
the United States. You may elect at to receive updates
on the docket, including an alert when we post the
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Consolidated Reply, whether or not you submit a comment. If you have a
question, you can submit it as a comment, and can also submit any
concerns or comments you would have to a possible response to the
question. We will address these items in consolidated replies along
with any other comments submitted on that schedule.
    We will post schedules on our website in the Records Control
Schedule (RCS) Repository, at, after the Archivist approves them. The RCS contains all schedules
approved since 1973.
    Each year, Federal agencies create billions of records. To control
this accumulation, agency records managers prepare schedules proposing
retention periods for records and submit these schedules for NARA's
approval. Once approved by NARA, records schedules provide mandatory
instructions on what happens to records when no longer needed for
current Government business. The records schedules authorize agencies
to preserve records of continuing value in the National Archives or to
destroy, after a specified period, records lacking continuing
administrative, legal, research, or other value. Some schedules are
comprehensive and cover all the records of an agency or one of its
major subdivisions. Most schedules, however, cover records of only one
office or program or a few series of records. Many of these update
previously approved schedules, and some include records proposed as
    Agencies may not destroy Federal records without the approval of
the Archivist of the United States. The Archivist grants this approval
only after thorough consideration of the records' administrative use by
the agency of origin, the rights of the Government and of private
people directly affected by the Government's activities, and whether or
not the records have historical or other value. Public review and
comment on these records schedules is part of the Archivist's
consideration process.
Schedules Pending
    1. Department of Homeland Security, Agency-wide, Administrative and
Operational Records Common to All Offices (DAA-0563-2019-0008).
    2. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials
Safety Administration, Engineering and Research Records (DAA-0571-2015-
    3. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Agency-wide, External
Outreach Records (DAA-0180-2018-0007).
    4. Office of Personnel Management, Agency-wide, Records of the
Agency Compliance and Evaluation Program (DAA-0478-2019-0001).
    5. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Corporation
Finance, Confidential Treatment Materials (DAA-0266-2019-0002).
Laurence Brewer,
Chief Records Officer for the U.S. Government.
[FR Doc. 2019-27203 Filed 12-17-19; 8:45 am]