November 30, 2015

Federal Government Shutdown Would Cause All NARA Facilities to Close (With 2 Exceptions), All Activities Canceled

In a Nutshell

  • All NARA Facilities Will Close (including Presidential Libraries)

NARA-operated portions of Presidential Libraries will close, but facilities controlled by a private Library Foundation may remain open.

  • Federal Record Centers Will Remain Open
  • Federal Register Will Continue to Be Published
  • Site Will Remain Online But Will Not Be Updated
  • All NARA Social Media Will Cease (Except for Federal Record Centers)
  • All Activities Canceled

In NARA’s Own Words

From the National Archives and Records Administration:

If the Federal Government is shut down, all National Archives facilities will be closed and all activities will be canceled, with the following exceptions:

What About Social Media and the NARA Web Site?

If the Federal Government is shut down, we will not be able to blog, post to Facebook, or tweet during this closure. (This does not apply to the Federal Records Centers.)

While the website will remain available to you, please note:

  1. Information on the website might not be up to date.
  2. Transactions submitted via the website might not be processed until the shutdown ends.
  3. We might not be able to respond to inquiries until the shutdown ends.  

Read the Complete Contingency Plan 

NARA Government Shutdown Contingency Plan

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