Transition from Title 16 to Title 54 U.S. Code

What It Is

On December 19, 2014, Title 54 of the United States Code (U.S.C.) was enacted by Congress and signed into law to be solely devoted to all laws applicable to the National Park Service. This is a change from the prior designation of NPS laws, which had been categorized under Title 16 U.S.C. The original organizational structure included many land management agencies’ laws under Title 16. The new Title 54 separates all National Park Service laws into one place. However, it is worth noting that Public Law 113.287 makes it clear that a reference to Title 16 is to be considered to be a reference to Title 54.

Why It Matters

It matters significantly to current employees of the National Park Service, because the transition has allowed for the use of more consistent language throughout this section of the code, as well as the ability to remove obsolete provisions. The original policies and intent behind them remain despite their new codification. The most significant challenge may be learning and applying the new reference codes in place of the former codes.

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