Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release December 23, 2016
December 23, 2016
MEMORANDUM FOR THE ARCHIVIST OF THE UNITED STATES
SUBJECT: Designation of Officers of the National Archives
and Records Administration to Act as Archivist of
the United States
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution
and the laws of the United States of America, including the
Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, as amended, 5 U.S.C. 3345
et seq. (the "Act"), it is hereby ordered that:
Section 1. Order of Succession. Subject to the provisions
of section 2 of this memorandum, and the limitations set forth
in the Act, the following officials of the National Archives and
Records Administration, in the order listed, shall act as and
perform the functions and duties of the office of the Archivist
of the United States (Archivist), during any period in which
both the Archivist and the Deputy Archivist have died, resigned,
or otherwise become unable to perform the functions and duties
of the office of the Archivist:
(a) Chief Operating Officer;
(b) Chief of Management and Administration;
(c) Executive for Agency Services;
(d) Director, National Personnel Records Center; and
(e) Director, George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
Sec. 2. Exceptions. (a) No individual who is serving in
an office listed in section 1(a)-(e) of this memorandum in an
acting capacity shall, by virtue of so serving, act as Archivist
pursuant to this memorandum.
(b) No individual listed in section 1(a)-(e) of this
memorandum shall act as Archivist unless that individual is
otherwise eligible to so serve under the Federal Vacancies
Reform Act of 1998, as amended.
(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of this memorandum, the
President retains discretion, to the extent permitted by law, to
depart from this memorandum in designating an acting Archivist.
Sec. 3. Prior Memorandum Revoked. The Memorandum for the
Archivist of the United States of May 21, 2012 (Designation of
Officers of the National Archives and Records Administration) is
Sec. 4. Judicial Review. This memorandum is not intended
to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or
procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against
the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its
officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
Sec. 5. Publication. You are authorized and directed to
publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.