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Bush approves increased NARA budget.

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) received a raise of sorts this year from Congress and President George W. Bush. The president recently signed a measure granting a fiscal year 2006 budget of $338 million for NARA--bout $15 million more than Bush had requested for the administration this year and nearly $20 million more than the 2005 appropriation of $318 million.

The measure includes more than $283 million for basic operating expenses, $38 million for work on the Electronic Records Archives (ERA), more than $9 million for repairs and renovations at NARA facilities, and $7.5 million for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

The legislation also authorizes a 3.1 percent pay raise for civilian employees but does not include any additional funds to pay for it.

For the ERA, Congress appropriated $38 million, of which $22 million will be available through fiscal year 2008, to build the system that will preserve and make accessible the electronic records of the U.S. government into the future. This funding will allow NARA to continue to develop the ERA and lay the groundwork for building the entire system.

The ERA funding also includes $2 million for NARA to begin working with the Naval Oceanographic Office at the National Center for Critical Information Processing and Storage (NCCIPS) at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. NARA will work with the NCCIPS to locate a component of the distributed ERA system there. The administration will locate mirror systems at geographically distant sites to ensure continuing operations in case of local problems or even disasters.

For repairs and renovations at the 15 facilities NARA manages, the 2006 budget includes $1.5 million toward the construction of a new regional archives and records facility in Anchorage, Alaska; $1 million for repair of the plaza at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library in Austin, Texas; and $1 million for the design of the renovation and expansion of the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.

The biggest winner in NARA's 2006 budget is the NHPRC, NARA's grant-making arm. Bush's fiscal year 2006 budget proposed the elimination of the program.
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Title Annotation:UP FRONT: News, Trends & Analysis
Publication:Information Management Journal
Date:Mar 1, 2006
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