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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 agencies no longer need them for current Government business. The records schedules authorize agencies to preserve records of continuing value in the National Archives of the United States and to destroy, after a specified period, records lacking administrative, legal, research, or other value. NARA publishes notice in the Federal Register 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).


NARA must receive requests for copies in writing by October 11, 2016. Once NARA finishes appraising the records, we will send you a copy of the schedule you requested. We usually prepare appraisal memoranda that contain additional information concerning the records covered by a proposed schedule. You may also request these. If you do, we will also provide them once we have completed the appraisal. You have 30 days after we send to you these requested documents in which to submit comments.


You may request a copy of any records schedule identified in this notice by contacting Records Appraisal and Agency Assistance (ACRA) using one of the following means:

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


FAX: 301-837-3698.

You must cite the control number, which appears in parentheses after the name of the agency that submitted the schedule, and a mailing address. If you would like an appraisal report, please include that in your request.

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Margaret Hawkins, Director, by mail at Start Printed Page 62539Records Appraisal and Agency Assistance (ACRA); National Archives and Records Administration; 8601 Adelphi Road; College Park, MD 20740-6001, by phone at 301-837-1799, or by email at

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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 records retention periods and submit these schedules for NARA's approval. These schedules provide for timely transfer into the National Archives of historically valuable records and authorize the agency to dispose 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 otherwise specified. An item in a schedule is media neutral when an agency may apply the disposition instructions to records regardless of the medium in which it creates or maintains the records. Items included in schedules submitted to NARA on or after December 17, 2007, are media neutral unless the item is expressly limited to a specific medium. (See 36 CFR 1225.12(e).)

Agencies may not destroy Federal records without Archivist of the United States' approval. The Archivist approves destruction only after thoroughly considering 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.

In addition to identifying the Federal agencies and any subdivisions requesting disposition authority, this notice lists the organizational unit(s) accumulating the records (or notes that the schedule has agency-wide applicability when schedules cover records that may be accumulated throughout an agency); 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); and includes a brief description of the temporary records. The records schedule itself contains a full description of the records at the file unit level as well as their disposition. If NARA staff has prepared an appraisal memorandum for the schedule, it also includes information about the records. You may request additional information about the disposition process at the addresses above.

Schedules Pending

1. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (DAA-0145-2016-0007, 2 items, 2 temporary items). Records related to state and county offices, including annual reports, publications, and meeting minutes.

2. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (DAA-0145-2016-0012, 8 items, 8 temporary items). Records related to marketing quota and acreage allotment programs.

3. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (DAA-0145-2016-0014, 9 items, 9 temporary items). Records related to eligible producers participating in farm service and commodity credit programs.

4. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (DAA-0145-2016-0015, 2 items, 2 temporary items). Records related to claims filed against debtor producers.

5. Department of the Army, Agency-wide (DAA-AU-2014-0022, 1 item, 1 temporary item). Master files of an electronic information system that contains records relating to maintenance tool inventory.

6. Department of Defense, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DAA-0374-2014-0009, 1 item, 1 temporary item). Documents relating to tracking the location, monitoring conditions, and retirement of weapons systems.

7. Department of Defense, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DAA-0374-2014-0010, 1 item, 1 temporary item). Documents relating to monitoring the condition, tracking the location, and the retirement of weapons systems under specific military commands.

8. Department of Defense, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DAA-0374-2014-0012, 1 item, 1 temporary item). Documents relating to monitoring the condition, status, and retirement of specific weapons systems.

9. Department of Energy, Agency-wide (DAA-0434-2016-0004, 1 item, 1 temporary item). Records relating to modified security screening processes and procedures for special needs personnel.

10. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DAA-0567-2015-0009, 15 items, 15 temporary items). Employee training records including instructional materials, student records, administrative records, and related materials.

11. Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (DAA-0566-2016-0016, 8 items, 4 temporary items). Citizenship and naturalization forms and supporting documentation when rejected for incorrect fees or non-sufficient funds, when incomplete or missing signature(s), when abandoned, or when withdrawn. Proposed for permanent retention are all other citizenship and naturalization forms (approved, denied, terminated, and administratively closed).

12. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration (DAA-0399-2014-0004, 4 items, 4 temporary items). Records pertaining to mission-related training including course materials, training rosters, and reports.

13. Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (DAA-0058-2016-0002, 24 items, 24 temporary items). Records related to routine taxpayer dispute appeals including audit reports, case files, statistical reports, workflow management tracking data, case tracking database, and administrative materials.

14. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Office of the Inspector General (DAA-0180-2016-0003, 6 items, 3 temporary items). Routine audit and investigation case files, and allegation files. Proposed for permanent retention are significant audit and investigation case files, and semi-annual reports to Congress.

15. National Archives and Records Administration, Government-wide (DAA-GRS-2016-0014, 5 items, 5 temporary items). Revised General Records Schedule for non-mission employee training records.

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Laurence Brewer,

Chief Records Officer for the U.S. Government.

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[FR Doc. 2016-21690 Filed 9-8-16; 8:45 am]