The Committee on Public Policy provides strategic information and advice to the SAA Council to enhance SAA’s capacity to address public policy issues and concerns affecting archivists, archives, the archival profession, and its stakeholders. The Committee recommends to the SAA Council the public policy priorities on which SAA should focus its attention and resources, within the context of the Society’s mission and strategic plan. Although the Committee's purview is broad, its overarching priorities are issues related to the preservation of and access to records of enduring value that affect archivists, archival institutions, and users of the archival record.
Because archival records ensure the protection of citizens’ rights, the accountability of organizations and governments, and the accessibility of historical information, SAA believes that archivists must take an active role in advocating for the public policies and resources necessary to ensure that these records are preserved and made accessible. The SAA Council and its Committee on Public Policy rely on SAA members to bring forward issues and point out situations affecting the archival record that may require or benefit from SAA input. To suggest that SAA consider taking a position (or advocating in some way) on an archival issue, please follow the process outlined in “Procedures for Suggesting SAA Advocacy Action."