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Senate Confirms New Archivist of the United States

The United States Senate confirmed David Ferriero as the 10th Archivist of the United States on November 6, 2009. Nominated by President Obama on July 28, Mr. Ferriero was most recently the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries. On October 1, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs held a hearing prior to his confirmation.  At the hearing, Mr. Ferriero discussed his background and major challenges to be addressed by the new Archivist.

As Archivist of the United States, Mr. Ferriero will oversee the National Archives and Records Administration, an independent Federal agency created by statute in 1934. The National Archives safeguards and preserves the records of the U.S. Government, ensuring that people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to records that document the rights of American citizens, the actions of federal officials, and the national experience.

Its 44 facilities include the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, the National Archives at College Park, 13 Presidential libraries, and 14 regional archives nationwide. The National Archives also publishes the Federal Register, administers the Information Security Oversight Office, the Office of Government Information Services, and makes grants of historical documentation through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

A National Archives press release is available here

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