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National Archives and Records Administration
NARA
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Agency overview
Formed June 19, 1934; 86 years ago (1934-06-19)
(Independent Agency April 1, 1985)
Preceding agency
  • National Archives and Records Service (GSA)
Type Independent
Jurisdiction U.S. Federal Government
Headquarters National Archives Building
700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., U.S.
Employees 3,112 (2014)
Annual budget $391 million (FY 2012)
Agency executives
  • David Ferriero, Archivist
  • Debra Steidel Wall, Deputy Archivist
Child agency
  • Office of the Federal Register

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an agency of the United States government. They are responsible for preserving and documenting government and historical records. It is also in charge of making it easier for people to see those documents which make up the National Archive. NARA is officially responsible for maintaining and publishing the original copies of acts of Congress, presidential directives, and federal regulations. NARA also informs of votes of the Electoral College to Congress.

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