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Title 36Chapter XIISubchapter GPart 1280 → Subpart A


Title 36: Parks, Forests, and Public Property
PART 1280—USE OF NARA FACILITIES


Subpart A—Rules of Conduct on or in NARA Property and Facilities


Contents

General Information

§1280.1   NARA facilities and applicable rules of conduct.
§1280.2   Items subject to inspection.
§1280.4   Children under the age of 14.
§1280.6   Service animals.
§1280.8   Driving on NARA property.
§1280.12   Additional rules.

Prohibited Activities

§1280.14   Weapons and explosives.
§1280.16   Illegal drugs and alcohol.
§1280.18   Gambling.
§1280.20   Smoking or using alternative smoking devices.
§1280.22   Distributing or posting materials.
§1280.24   Eating and drinking.
§1280.26   Soliciting, vending, and debt collecting.
§1280.28   Other prohibited behavior.
§1280.30   Types of corrective action for prohibited behavior.
§1280.32   Appealing a ban from NARA facilities or property.

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General Information

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§1280.1   NARA facilities and applicable rules of conduct.

(a) NARA facilities. Some NARA facilities are located on property the United States owns or that is otherwise under the control of the Archivist of the United States (“NARA property”), other facilities are leased by NARA directly using authority delegated by the General Services Administration (GSA), and still others are located on property owned, leased by, or otherwise under GSA's control (“GSA property”), or owned and under the control of the Government Publishing Office (“GPO property”).

(b) NARA property. You must comply with the rules in this part when you are on NARA property or using facilities located on NARA property.

(1) The National Archives Building. The National Archives Building in Washington, DC, is NARA property and NARA's control includes:

(i) The Pennsylvania Avenue NW, entrance between 7th and 9th Streets, including the area within the retaining walls on either side of the entrance, inclusive of the statues, and the steps and ramps leading up to the entrance of the building;

(ii) On the 7th Street, 9th Street, and Constitution Avenue NW, sides of the building, all property between the National Archives Building and the curb line of the street, including the sidewalks, the statues facing Constitution Avenue, and the other grounds; the steps leading up from the Constitution Avenue sidewalk and the portico at the top of those steps; the general public's entrance to the National Archives Museum on Constitution Avenue (closer to 9th Street); and the Special Events entrance to the National Archives Museum on Constitution Avenue (closer to 7th Street).

(iii) The National Park Service controls the areas on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the National Archives Building that are not NARA property.

(2) Other NARA facilities. The following NARA facilities are also located on NARA property: The National Archives at College Park, in College Park, MD; the Presidential libraries and museums listed in 36 CFR 1253.3; and the National Archives at Atlanta in Morrow, Georgia, listed in 36 CFR 1253.5(a).

(3) Leased NARA facilities. The following NARA facilities are located on private property leased by NARA: The Atlanta Federal Records Center in Ellenwood, GA; the National Archives at Riverside and the Riverside Federal Records Center at Perris, CA; the National Archives at Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Federal Records Center at Fort Worth, TX; and the National Personnel Records Center—Civilian Personnel Records in Valmeyer, IL. These Federal records centers are listed in 36 CFR 1253.4 and archival facilities are listed in 36 CFR 1253.5.

(c) GSA property. (1) The following NARA facilities are located on GSA property: All Federal records centers listed at 36 CFR 1253.4, except the Federal records centers listed in 36 CFR 1280.1(b)(3), and all archival research rooms and facilities listed at 36 CFR 1253.5, except the National Archives at Atlanta and the archival facilities listed in 36 CFR 1280.1(b)(3).

(2) You must comply with the following rules when you are on or using Federal records center or archival research rooms and facilities located on GSA property and those facilities listed in 36 CFR 1280.1(b)(3):

(i) GSA's regulations, 41 CFR part 102-74, subpart C, Conduct on Federal Property, and subpart D, Occasional Use of Federal Buildings (if you are interested in using the public areas in a facility for an event); and

(ii) NARA's regulations outlined in this part 1280. If a provision in this part conflicts with a GSA provision, comply with the GSA provision when on or using NARA facilities located on GSA property.

(d) GPO property. (1) The following NARA facilities are located on GPO property: The Office of the Federal Register (OFR), the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), and the Center for Legislative Archives.

(2) In addition to NARA rules outlined in this part 1280, you must comply with GPO's rules for the use of its property when you are on or using NARA facilities located on GPO property (currently GPO Directive 825.38A, Rules and Regulations Governing Buildings and Grounds). If a provision in this part 1280 conflicts with a GPO provision, comply with the GPO provision when on or using NARA facilities on GPO property.

(e) NARA research room rules. If you are using records in a NARA research room in any NARA facility, you must also comply with the rules in 36 CFR part 1254. If you violate a rule or regulation in 36 CFR part 1254, you are subject to the types of corrective action set forth in that part, including revocation of research privileges.

(f) Violations. If you violate a rule or regulation in this part you are subject to, among other types of corrective action, removal and banning from the facility.

(g) Closures. The Archivist of the United States reserves the right to close NARA facilities, including those located on GSA and GPO property, at any time for security reasons, special events, or other NARA business needs.

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§1280.2   Items subject to inspection.

We may, at our discretion, inspect packages, briefcases, and other containers in the immediate possession of employees, contractors, and other people arriving on, working at, visiting, or departing from NARA property and facilities. 41 CFR 102-74, subpart C, authorizes GSA to conduct similar inspections at NARA facilities on GSA property. These inspection authorities are in addition to NARA's research room rules (see 36 CFR part 1254 and 36 CFR 1280.1(e)).

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§1280.4   Children under the age of 14.

We admit children under the age of 14 to NARA facilities only if they are accompanied by an adult who will supervise them at all times. The director of a NARA facility may authorize a lower age limit for unaccompanied children to meet special circumstances (e.g., students who have been given permission to conduct research without adult supervision).

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§1280.6   Service animals.

We allow service animals on or in NARA property and facilities in any area that the individual handling the service animal is otherwise entitled to enter. A service animal is any dog individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. You may not bring any other animals onto or into NARA property and facilities, except for official purposes.

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§1280.8   Driving on NARA property.

When driving on NARA property, you must obey speed limits, posted signs, and other traffic laws, and park only in designated spaces. We reserve the right to tow, at the owner's expense, any vehicle that is parked illegally. If you must leave your vehicle illegally parked due to an emergency, you must notify the facility security guards as soon as possible. We may, at our discretion, deny any vehicle access to NARA property for public safety or security reasons.

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§1280.12   Additional rules.

(a) All facilities. NARA facilities and property may have additional posted rules that you must comply with. In addition, you must, at all times while in a NARA facility or on NARA property, comply with official signs and with the directions of the guards and NARA staff.

(b) Presidential libraries. You may be required to check all of your parcels and luggage in areas designated by library staff when visiting the museums or the Presidential libraries.

(c) GSA and GPO property. Visitors to NARA facilities that are located on GSA or GPO property must check for and follow the rules that apply to the facility they visit, as GSA and GPO may have additional or different rules from the rules in this Part.

(d) NARA official shuttle bus. People conducting research at or visiting the National Archives Building or the National Archives at College Park may use NARA's official shuttle to travel between these buildings, if space is available.

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Prohibited Activities

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§1280.14   Weapons and explosives.

(a) Federal law prohibits individuals to possess firearms or other dangerous weapons in Federal facilities unless the person is specifically authorized to possess such a weapon under 18 U.S.C. 930. State-issued carry permits are not valid in Federal facilities. Violators are subject to fine and/or imprisonment for a period up to five years.

(b) You are also prohibited from bringing or possessing explosives, or items intended for use in fabricating an explosive or incendiary device, either openly or concealed, on or in NARA property and facilities.

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§1280.16   Illegal drugs and alcohol.

(a) Except in cases where you are using the drug as prescribed for you as a patient by a licensed physician, all people entering in or on NARA facilities or property are prohibited from:

(1) Being under the influence, using or possessing any narcotic drugs, hallucinogens, marijuana, barbiturates, or amphetamines; or

(2) Operating a motor vehicle on the property while under the influence of alcoholic beverages, narcotic drugs, hallucinogens, marijuana, barbiturates, or amphetamines.

(b) Except where the Archivist of the United States or his/her designee grants an exemption in writing for the appropriate official use of alcoholic beverages, all people entering in or on NARA property or facilities are prohibited from being under the influence of or using alcoholic beverages.

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§1280.18   Gambling.

(a) You may not participate in any type of gambling while on or in NARA property or facilities. This includes:

(1) Participating in games for money or other personal property;

(2) Operating gambling devices;

(3) Conducting a lottery or pool; or

(4) Selling or purchasing numbers tickets.

(b) This rule does not apply to licensed blind operators of vending facilities who are selling chances for any lottery set forth in a state law and conducted by an agency of a state as authorized by section 2(a)(5) of the Randolph-Sheppard Act (20 U.S.C. 107, et seq.)

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§1280.20   Smoking or using alternative smoking devices.

You may not smoke or use alternative smoking devices (electronic or vapor) inside any NARA facility (including those located on GSA or GPO property), in courtyards on NARA property, or in any outdoor area within 25 feet of any NARA facility air intake duct or doorway. Due to dangers that smoking and smoking devices present to the safety of occupants and the security of archival holdings, we have a zero-tolerance policy. You may smoke and use alternative smoking devices only in marked smoking areas outside certain NARA facilities.

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§1280.22   Distributing or posting materials.

You may not distribute or post handbills, fliers, pamphlets, or other materials on or in NARA property and facilities, except in spaces we designate for that purpose. This prohibition does not apply to displays or notices the Government distributes as part of authorized activities or bulletin boards employees use to post personal notices.

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§1280.24   Eating and drinking.

You may eat and drink inside NARA facilities only in designated areas. You may not eat or drink in any research rooms, records storage areas, or museum areas unless specifically authorized by the Archivist or designee. Facility directors may, by local rule, prohibit eating and drinking in designated outdoor areas of NARA facilities or NARA property, as well (e.g., near artifacts that are on display outdoors).

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§1280.26   Soliciting, vending, and debt collecting.

(a) On NARA property or in NARA facilities, you may not:

(1) Solicit for personal, charitable, or commercial causes;

(2) Sell any products;

(3) Display or distribute commercial advertising; or

(4) Collect private debts.

(b) The following activities are exceptions to the prohibitions in subsection (a):

(1) Participating in national or local drives for welfare, health, or other funds that the Office of Personnel Management authorizes or that NARA approves (e.g., the Combined Federal Campaign);

(2) Employees collecting non-monetary items such as food, clothing, or toys, as approved by the Archivist or his/her designee;

(3) Authorized employee organizations, including employee affinity groups, soliciting for membership dues or other organizational support, as approved by the Archivist or his/her designee; and

(4) Authorized charitable support organizations, like the National Archives Foundation or a Presidential library foundation (e.g., the museum store at the National Archives Building), conducting revenue-producing activities.

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§1280.28   Other prohibited behavior.

We reserve the right to remove anyone from NARA facilities or property who is:

(a) Stealing NARA property;

(b) Willfully damaging or destroying NARA property;

(c) Creating any hazard to people or things;

(d) Throwing anything from or at a NARA building; or climbing on statues, fountains, gravesites, artwork, or other items on display in outdoor areas, or any part of a NARA building;

(e) Improperly disposing of rubbish;

(f) Acting in a disorderly fashion;

(g) Acting in a manner that creates a loud or unusual noise or a nuisance;

(h) Acting in a manner that unreasonably obstructs the usual use of NARA facilities or property;

(i) Acting in a manner that otherwise impedes or disrupts performance of official duties by Government and contract employees;

(j) Acting in a manner that prevents the general public from obtaining NARA-provided services in a timely manner;

(k) Loitering; or

(l) Threatening directly (e.g., in-person communications or physical gestures) or indirectly (e.g., via regular mail, email, or phone) any NARA employee, visitor, volunteer, contractor, other building occupants, facility, or property.

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§1280.30   Types of corrective action for prohibited behavior.

(a) Individuals who violate the provisions of this part are subject to:

(1) Being removed from the property or facility (for up to seven calendar days) and possible law enforcement notification;

(2) Being banned from NARA property or facilities;

(3) Arrest for trespass; and

(4) Any other corrective action a law or regulation prescribes.

(b) The Executive for Research Services, the Executive for Legislative Archives, Presidential Libraries, and Museum Services, the Executive for Agency Services, or the Director of the Security Management Division, may have the individual immediately removed and temporarily denied further access to the property or facility for up to seven calendar days.

(c) During this removal period, the Executive for Business Support Services renders a decision on whether the person should be banned from the specific facility from which they were removed, or all NARA property or facilities, for either a specific period of time or permanently. If the Executive decides to ban the person, they will issue a written decision and notify the affected NARA properties or facilities.

(d) Banning under this part includes automatic revocation of research privileges, notwithstanding the time periods set forth in 36 CFR 1254. Research privileges remain revoked until the ban is lifted, at which time the person who was banned may submit an application for new privileges.

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§1280.32   Appealing a ban from NARA facilities or property.

(a) Within 30 calendar days after you receive notice that you have been banned from a NARA facility or property, you may appeal the decision in writing by mail to the Deputy Archivist of the United States (address: National Archives and Records Administration (ND); 8601 Adelphi Road; College Park, MD 20740-6001). In the request, you must state the reasons for the appeal.

(b) The Deputy Archivist has 30 calendar days after receiving the appeal to make a decision to rescind, modify, or uphold the ban, and will notify you of the decision in writing.

(c) If the Deputy Archivist upholds the ban, we will not consider another appeal from you within one year from the date of your last request for reconsideration. After one year has passed, you may submit another appeal and the same process will apply.

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