[APG Public List] NGS president to testify about NARA

Claire Bettag claire at clairebettag.com
Thu Dec 10 14:37:25 MST 2009

We are pleased that Jan Alpert, President of NGS, will be testifying at the previously announced hearing next week (16 December) on Capitol Hill related to the National Archives. This may well be the first time a member of the genealogical community has been invited to offer testimony at an oversight hearing.

We now know the title of the hearing: "History Museum or Records Access Agency? Defining and Fulfilling the Mission of the National Archives and Records Administration." Thus, the congressional committee that oversees NARA is looking into the appropriate balance between "museum space / exhibits for tourists" and dedicated resources for research space and services. This is a major concern of many researchers in the face of renovation proposals to convert research space into "exhibit" space for tourists. This is our chance to urge Congress to protect researcher services and space as the top priority of NARA. 

If you have not already done so, please write to the members of the subcommittee (Information Policy, Census, and National Archives Subcommittee of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee) to express your concerns (see earlier messages for sample letter). Note that the name of a new member (Judy Chu, D., CA) has been added to the list below. 

--Please FAX a letter to every member (but only once!)
William Lacy Clay, Chairman, D. MO, 1st Dist.; Fax: 202-226-3717
Judy Chu, D. CA 32nd Dist.; Fax: 202-225-5467 (new member whose name was not on earlier lists)
Paul Kanjorski, D. PA, 11th Dist.; Fax: 202-225-0764
Carolyn Maloney, D. NY, 14th Dist.; Fax: 202-225-4709
Eleanor Holmes Norton, D., Wash. DC; Fax: 202-225-3002
Danny Davis, D. Chicago, 7th Dist.; Fax: 202-225-5641
Steve Driehaus, D. Oh, 1st Dist.; Fax: 202-225-3012
Diane Watson, D. CA, 33rd Dist.; Fax: 202-225-2422
Henry Cuellar, D. TX, 28th Dist.; Fax: 202-225-1641
Patrick McHenry, Ranking Republican, NC, 10th Dist.; Fax: 202-225-0316
Lynn Westmoreland, R. GA, 3rd Dist.; Fax: 202-225-2515
John Mica, R. FL, 7th Dist.; Fax: 202-225-226-0821
Jason Chaffetz, R. UT, 3rd Dist.; Fax: 202-225-5629
Rep. Judy Chu, (D), from CA-32

The hearing will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, 16 December, in Room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Please plan to attend if you are in the Washington DC area.

Thank you.


Claire Bettag, CG, CGL
1685 34th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
202-436-2121 (cell)

CG (Certified Genealogist) and CGL (Certified Genealogical Lecturer) are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by Board-certified associates after periodic competency evaluations. 

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