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Memorandum on Designation of Officers of the National Archives and Records Administration

March 19, 2002

Memorandum for the Archivist of the United States

Subject: Designation of Officers of the National Archives and Records Administration

By the authority vested in me as President under the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America and pursuant to the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, 5 U.S.C. 3345 et seq., I hereby order that:

Section 1. Order of Succession.

During any period when both the Archivist of the United States (Archivist) and the Deputy Archivist of the United States (Deputy Archivist) have died, resigned, or otherwise become unable to perform the functions and duties of the office of Archivist, the following officers of the National Archives and Records Administration, in the order listed, shall perform the functions and duties of the office of Archivist, if they are eligible to act as Archivist under the provisions of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, until such time as the Archivist or Deputy Archivist is able to perform the functions and duties of the office of Archivist:

Assistant Archivist for Administrative Services;
Assistant Archivist for Human Resources and Information Services;
Assistant Archivist for Records Services, Washington, D.C.;
Assistant Archivist for Regional Records Services;
Assistant Archivist for Presidential Libraries;
Director, Office of the Federal Register;
Director, National Personnel Records Center; and
Director, Jimmy Carter Library.

Sec. 2. Exceptions.

(a) No individual who is serving in an office listed in section 1 in an acting capacity, by virtue of so serving, shall act as Archivist pursuant to this memorandum.

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of this memorandum, the President retains discretion, to the extent permitted by the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, 5 U.S.C. 3345 et seq., to depart from this memorandum in designating an acting Archivist.

GEORGE W. BUSH

NOTE: This memorandum was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on May 9.

George W. Bush, Memorandum on Designation of Officers of the National Archives and Records Administration Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/215701

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