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Comment Deadline 11/23 – Oppose Zinke’s Request for Authority to Destroy Public Records

November 23, 2018

The Department of the Interior has sent National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) a massive “Request for Records Disposition Authority,” i.e., permission to destroy old records.

Interior’s request involves documents about oil and gas leases, mining, dams, wells, timber sales, marine conservation, fishing, endangered species, non-endangered species, critical habitats, land acquisition, and lots more.

The request covers these categories of documents from every agency within the Interior Department, including the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, US Geological Survey, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and others.

The request covers already-existing documents going back more than 50 years. Thousands of cubic feet of paper documents. Gigabytes of digital documents. Besides existing documents, as usual, the proposed schedule will also apply to all future documents created in these categories (whether on paper or born digital).


What You Can Do

(1) Email to request.schedule@nara.gov with a Public Comment. Deadline: November 23, 2018.

Sample Script:

I am writing about action DAA-0048-2015-0003. I am against this massive destruction of records. This content would normally be kept and preserved by the U.S. Dept of Interior. I am asking National Archives to deny Secretary Zinke’s request so that these records are kept as they should be.

[Sign with your name, other contact info you wish to give out.]

(2) Contact your U.S. House Rep and your U.S. Senators.

Sample Script:

Secretary Zinke has asked the National Archives for a massive destruction of records that normally are kept for historical purposes. This is an unusual and troubling request. I am asking you to investigate this request and to stop the destruction of important and valuable records. The National Archives ID number is DAA-0048-2015-0003.


November 23, 2018
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