Celebrating the 19th Amendment/Closure Notices

On August 6, join AmericasTownHall virtual celebration "The 19th at 100!" Presented with All in Together, 19th News, the US National Archives, and presidential libraries, a group of women luminaries, and other leading figures will discuss the past, present, and future of women’s equality. The celebration occurs on August 6, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm PDT, to register for this free online event, please see the invitation at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/19th-amendment-past-present-and-future-tick...


We're sorry. Due to the coronavirus public health emergency, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum will be closed to the public beginning March 14th until further notice. This includes docents, volunteers and interns. We will continue to respond to written reference requests at reagan.library@nara.gov. Please check our website, reaganlibrary.gov or www.archives.gov/coronavirus  for updates on our operating hours and status.

All public events at the Reagan Library facilities are cancelled until further notice. This includes in-person public programs, tours, school group visits, public meetings, external conferences, and facility rentals. Where possible, we will conduct public events and outreach activities online and through virtual meetings. For online education information, please see our educational resources.

Notice to NARA Researchers and FOIA Requestors

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff.  As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference or FOIA request or appeal.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.  Read more on how NARA is addressing COVID-19 (coronavirus) https://www.archives.gov/coronavirus

RESEARCHERS: Please see a "Letter to Researchers" from the Archivist of the United States for a further update.




Statement on Signing the Federal Employees Benefits Improvement Act of 1986

February 27, 1986

Today I am signing H.R. 4061, the Federal Employees Benefits Improvement Act of 1986. H.R. 4061 changes the Federal employees' health benefits law, as recommended by my administration, to allow rebates of health insurance premiums to be paid by insurance carriers to Federal annuitants, as is already permitted for current employees. It is gratifying for me to be able to sign this legislation so that Federal annuitants can receive their health insurance rebates without further delay.

I congratulate the Congress on enacting acceptable legislation to accomplish this change so quickly after my veto of H.R. 3384 last month. Like H.R. 4061, H.R. 3384 would have authorized premium rebates for Federal annuitants. However, I could not approve that bill, particularly because it contained a seriously objectionable provision that would have eliminated the current 75-percent limit on the Government contribution to any health insurance plan for Federal employees and annuitants. That provision would have been too costly over the next few years, contrary to our efforts to achieve a balanced budget by 1991.

I am very pleased that the Congress has dropped this expensive provision, and I urge the Congress now to turn its attention to the structural reforms in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program proposed by the administration. These changes would encourage greater competition and choice of health plans for employees, restructure the formula for determining the Government's share of enrollee premiums, and decrease government intrusion in the program.

Note: H.R. 4061, approved February 27, was assigned Public Law No. 99 - 251.