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U.S. Government Information: WR 01/02/21

Guide to information resources by and about the federal government.

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This page is an attempt to provide current awareness of federal government reports and activities. The page will be updated weekly to provide links to important, newsworthy, or interesting material published during the previous week. The goal is to keep the links to a manageable number for readers, not to be a comprehensive listing.

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Press releases : Jan 2 - Jan 8

Statements related to the January 6 attack on the Capitol are being compiled on a new guide.

1/4 - EIA releases new U.S. Energy Atlas with updated maps and enhanced navigation (EIA)

1/4 - USDA Continues to Move SNAP Participants Forward (FNS)

1/4 - USDA Announces Continuation of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, Fifth Round of Food Purchases (USDA)

1/5 - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Taskforce on Federal Consumer Financial Law Releases Its Report (CFPB; see also, CFPB director’s remarks)

1/5 - EPA Finalizes Rule Strengthening Transparency in Pivotal Science Underlying Significant Regulatory Actions and Influential Scientific Information (EPA; direct to final rule and fact sheet; see also, Carper: EPA’s ‘Censoring Science’ Rule is the Trump Administration’s Last Gasp of Science Denial)

1/5 - Joint Statement by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), and the National Security Agency (NSA) (see also, Chairman Schiff Statement on FBI, CISA, ODNI, and NSA Announcement Linking SolarWinds Hack to Russia)

1/5 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Finalizes Regulation Clarifying the Migratory Bird Treaty Act Implementation (FWS)

1/6 - Agency Releases Annual Automotive Trends Report Showing Manufacturers Still Struggling to Comply with Obama Era Standards without Use of Credits (EPA; direct to report)

1/7 - Secretary Pompeo Approves New Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies Bureau (State)

1/7 -Treasury Launches $25 Billion Emergency Rental Assistance Program; Opens Portal to Begin Disbursement of Funding to State, Local, and Tribal Governments (Treas)

1/8 -Assessing the U.S. Climate in 2020 (NCEI)

Bills Signed into Law: Jan 2 - Jan 8

Information below is from Date listed is date signed into law, and the description is an abbreviated version of bill summary available on that website.

1/5 - H.R.1966 — Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act of 2019: requires the GAO to complete a study reviewing how federal agencies address barriers to participation in federally-funded cancer clinical trials by individuals from underrepresented populations and provide recommendations for addressing such barriers

1/5 - H.R.5273 — Securing America's Ports Act: requires DHS to report to Congress a plan to expeditiously scan all commercial and passenger vehicles entering the United States at a land port of entry using large-scale non-intrusive inspection systems

1/5 - H.R.8810 — National Landslide Preparedness Act: to establish a national program to identify and reduce losses from landslide hazards, to establish a national 3D Elevation Program, and for other purposes.