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Appeal Authority When Researcher Privileges Are Revoked

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AGENCY:

National Archives and Records Administration.

ACTION:

Direct final rule.

SUMMARY:

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is changing the appeal authority for researchers whose privileges have been revoked for specific behaviors, from the Archivist of the United States to the Deputy Archivist of the United States. This change will align the appeal authority for researchers whose research privileges have been revoked with the appeal authority for individuals who have been banned from NARA facilities Start Printed Page 6555for prohibited activities. Researchers maintain the same rights of appeal.

DATES:

This rule is effective March 9, 2011 without further action, unless adverse comment is received by March 9, 2011. If adverse comment is received, NARA will publish a timely withdrawal of the rule in the Federal Register, and publish a notice of proposed rulemaking.

ADDRESSES:

NARA invites interested persons to submit comments on this direct final rule. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Fax: Submit comments by facsimile transmission to 301-837-0319.
  • Mail: Send comments to Regulations Comments Desk (NPOL), Room 4100, Policy and Planning Staff, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001.
  • Hand Delivery or Courier: Deliver comments to 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Stuart Culy on (301) 837-0970.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

NARA is authorized to revoke researchers' privileges under certain circumstances by following the procedures outlined in 36 CFR part 1254. The privileges may be revoked for the following behaviors: Refusing to follow the rules and regulations of a NARA facility; acting or speaking in a way that may be dangerous to documents held by NARA or NARA property; acting or speaking in a way that may be dangerous to other researchers, NARA or contractor employees, or volunteers; or verbally or physically harassing or annoying other researchers, NARA or contractor employees, or volunteers. This change will align the appeal authority for researchers whose research privileges have been revoked with the appeal authority for individuals who have been banned from NARA facilities for the following prohibited activities on NARA properties: Carrying or using guns or weapons, using or in possession of alcohol or illegal drugs; gambling; soliciting; stealing NARA property; willfully damaging or destroying NARA property; creating any hazard to persons or things; throwing anything from or at a NARA building; improperly disposing of rubbish; acting in a disorderly fashion; acting in a manner that creates a loud or unusual noise or a nuisance; acting in a manner that unreasonably obstructs the usual use of NARA facilities; acting in a manner that otherwise impedes or disrupts the performance of official duties by Government and contract employees; acting in a manner that prevents the general public from obtaining NARA-provided services in a timely manner; loitering; or threatening directly (e.g., in-person communications or physical gestures) or indirectly (e.g., via regular mail, electronic mail, or phone) any NARA employee, visitor, volunteer, contractor, other building occupants, or property, which is the Deputy Archivist of the United States. Researchers maintain the same rights of appeal.

Revocation actions are taken by staff at the NARA facility where an infraction takes place. In turn, researchers have the right to appeal the revocation to a higher authority than the local NARA facility director; a process which is also described in 36 CFR part 1254. The current appeal authority is the Archivist of the United States, yet the appeal authority for the more severe penalty of banning individuals from NARA facilities under 36 CFR part 1280, is the Deputy Archivist of the United States. This direct final rule will only change the appeal authority for researchers whose privileges have been revoked, from the Archivist of the United States to the Deputy Archivist of the United States, aligning the two disciplinary appeal processes. Researchers retain their full right to appeal revocation decisions.

NARA believes that a Notice of Proposed Rule Making is not necessary for “good cause” as permitted by the Administrative Procedures Act (5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B)) as this rule is a nomenclature change only, and there are no changes to the public's right to appeal revocation decisions.

This direct final rule is not a significant regulatory action for the purposes of Executive Order 12866. As required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act, it is hereby certified that this direct final rule will not have a significant impact on small entities.

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List of Subjects in 36 CFR Part 1254

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, NARA amends part 1254 of title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, as follows:

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PART 1254—USING RECORDS AND DONATED HISTORICAL MATERIALS

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1. The authority citation for part 1254 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 44 U.S.C. 2101-2118.

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2. In § 1254.50, remove the word “Archivist” and add, in its place, the words “Deputy Archivist” wherever it appears in the section.

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3. In § 1254.52, remove the word “Archivist” and add, in its place, the words “Deputy Archivist” wherever it appears in the section.

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Dated: January 25, 2011.

David S. Ferriero,

Archivist of the United States.

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[FR Doc. 2011-2033 Filed 2-4-11; 8:45 am]

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