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National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).


Notice of availability of proposed records schedules; request for comments.


The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) publishes notice at least once monthly of certain Federal agency requests for records disposition authority (records schedules). Once approved by NARA, records schedules provide mandatory instructions on what happens to records when no longer needed for current Government business. They authorize the preservation of records of continuing value in the National Archives of the United States and the destruction, after a specified period, of records lacking administrative, legal, research, or other value. Notice is published for records schedules in which agencies propose to destroy records not previously authorized for disposal or reduce the retention period of records already authorized for disposal. NARA invites public comments on such records schedules, as required by 44 U.S.C. 3303a(a).


Requests for copies must be received in writing on or before July 29, 2011. Once the appraisal of the records is completed, NARA will send a copy of the schedule. NARA staff usually prepare appraisal memorandums that contain additional information concerning the records covered by a proposed schedule. These, too, may be requested and will be provided once the appraisal is completed. Requesters will be given 30 days to submit comments.


You may request a copy of any records schedule identified in this notice by contacting Records Management Services (ACNR) using one of the following means:

Mail: NARA (ACNR), 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001.


FAX: 301-837-3698.

Requesters must cite the control number, which appears in parentheses after the name of the agency which submitted the schedule, and must provide a mailing address. Those who desire appraisal reports should so indicate in their request.

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Laurence Brewer, Director, Records Management Services (ACNR), National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001. Telephone: 301-837-1539. E-mail:

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Each year Federal agencies create billions of records on paper, film, magnetic tape, and other media. To control this accumulation, agency records managers prepare schedules proposing retention periods for records and submit these schedules for NARA's approval, using the Standard Form (SF) 115, Request for Records Disposition Authority. These schedules provide for the timely transfer into the National Archives of historically valuable records and authorize the disposal of all other records after the agency no longer needs them to conduct its business. 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 permanent.

The schedules listed in this notice are media neutral unless specified otherwise. An item in a schedule is media neutral when the disposition instructions may be applied to records regardless of the medium in which the records are created and maintained. Items included in schedules submitted to NARA on or after December 17, 2007, are media neutral unless the item is limited to a specific medium. (See 36 CFR 1225.12(e).)

No Federal records are authorized for destruction without the approval of the Archivist of the United States. This approval is granted only after a thorough consideration of their administrative use by the agency of origin, the rights of the Government and of private persons directly affected by the Government's activities, and whether or not they have historical or other value.

Besides identifying the Federal agencies and any subdivisions requesting disposition authority, this public notice lists the organizational unit(s) accumulating the records or indicates agency-wide applicability in the case of schedules that cover records that may be accumulated throughout an agency. This notice provides the control number assigned to each schedule, the total number of schedule items, and the number of temporary items (the records proposed for destruction). It also includes a brief description of the temporary records. The records schedule itself contains a full description of the records at the file unit Start Printed Page 38211level as well as their disposition. If NARA staff has prepared an appraisal memorandum for the schedule, it too includes information about the records. Further information about the disposition process is available on request.

Schedules Pending

1. Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (N1-545-08-7, 7 items, 7 temporary items). Records of the Health and Safety division, including case files of investigations relating to maintaining a safe work environment; policy directives; evacuation plans; material safety data sheets; reports on pollution control and hazardous waste; and agreements with outside organizations to provide counseling services. Also included are case files of investigations on incidents of workplace violence.

2. Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (N1-545-11-5, 1 item, 1 temporary item). Master files of an electronic system used to manage and track agency workflow and store the data related to these activities.

3. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging (N1-439-09-5, 13 items, 11 temporary items). Master data files of the agency's internal and external Web sites; master data files of an electronic system containing bibliographic information on grant products; and records relating to managing the agency's Web sites. Proposed as permanent are statistical reports and master files of an electronic system containing statistical information on the elderly population.

4. Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service (N1-513-11-1, 3 items, 3 temporary items.) Records consisting of case files documenting tuition loan repayment for agency employees.

5. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration (N1-560-11-3, 2 items, 2 temporary items). Applications, certifications, and waivers related to authorizing exemption of qualified retired law enforcement officers from most state laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed firearms.

6. Department of Homeland Security, U. S. Secret Service (N1-087-11-2, 1 item, 1 temporary item). Master file of an electronic information system containing information on subjects of interest for possible investigations of criminal activity.

7. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation (N1-65-10-3, 1 item, 1 temporary item). Master file of an electronic information system which creates and maintains employee credentials.

8. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation (N1-65-10-6, 7 items, 7 temporary items). Master file, outputs, and related records of an electronic information system used to manage and track the translation process.

9. Department of Justice, Justice Management Division (DAA-0060-2011-0007, 1 item, 1 temporary item). Files maintained for review of conversions of political appointees to career positions to ensure compliance with applicable laws.

10. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security (N1-59-11-15, 1 item, 1 temporary item). Chronological files of the Office of the Executive Director, including copies of administrative records, correspondence, and interagency agreements. Recordkeeping copies of these files are maintained by other offices.

11. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Agency-wide (N1-255-10-6, 5 items, 5 temporary items). Records relating to health care provider quality assurance, including medical investigation reports, health professional credentialing records, and other routine administrative records.

12. Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Public Affairs (N1-266-10-1, 6 items, 4 temporary items). Records include e-mail releases of public information, microblog submissions and documentation, and media advisories of teleconferences. Proposed for permanent retention are press releases and daily digests of news and events.

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Dated: June 23, 2011.

Sharon G. Thibodeau

Deputy Assistant Archivist for Records Services—Washington, DC.

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[FR Doc. 2011-16447 Filed 6-28-11; 8:45 am]