Common Rule Revisions Partially Delayed
Revisions to the Common Rule, the set of regulations governing human subjects research, have been delayed a further six months, but with a few exceptions. The new rules were set to take effect on July 19, 2018, but have been delayed until January 21, 2019. However, during that interim time institutions will be allowed to take advantage of three "burden-reducing" provisions in the new regulations, including the exemption of oral history work from unnecessary and invasive Institutional Review Board oversight. The Consortium of Social Science Associations provides a full explanation of the new rules and the timeline for implementation here.
National Parks Added $35.8 Billion to Economy in 2017
According to a report issued by the Department of the Interior, new data shows that national parks contributed $35.8 billion to the U.S. economy in 2017 and supported 306,000 jobs. This figure represents an almost $1 billion increase from 2016, and a $9 billion increase from 2012, reinforcing the importance of the parks to local economies. Read the full press release here.
Final JFK Assassination Documents to be Held Until 2021
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has been under pressure for the last several months to release the remaining classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. They were originally due for release in October 2017. President Trump granted federal agencies an additional six months to review certain documents before releasing them, and now that deadline has been extended more than three additional years, to October 26, 2021. According to NARA, all documents have now been released at least in part, but researchers may not see full documents with no redactions until the new 2021 deadline. Read the full National Archives press release here.
National Park Service Announces Modified Fee Proposal
Following extensive backlash over a proposal to significantly increase fees at several of the most popular national parks, including a letter from NCH, the National Park Service (NPS) has announced a revised plan. Instead of large increases at a small group of parks, NPS will raise fees by a more modest $5 per vehicle across the entire park system. The additional revenue will help address the backlog of maintenance and infrastructure issues NPS faces. Click here for full details.
NEH Announces $18.6 Million for 199 Humanities Projects
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced the awarding of $18.6 million in grants to support 199 humanities projects across the country. The projects span a wide range of humanities disciplines; full details can be found here.
NPS Awards $1.3 Million for Preservation of Japanese American Confinement Sites
The National Park Service (NPS) recently announced more than $1.3 million in grants to preserve, restore, and educate at sites related to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Nine sites received awards ranging from $13,000 to almost $400,000. For more information, click here.
IMLS Announces $10.4 Million in Library Grants
Last month, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $10.4 million in grants to libraries across the country. The funds came from two programs, the National Leadership Grants for Libraries and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. These programs work to build the future of libraries by developing new tools and recruiting and training new librarians. More details can be found here.