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U.S. Government Information: WR 01/11/20

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. 11 - Jan. 17

1/13 - The Restoration of Deterrence: The Iranian Example (State)

1/13 - Attorney General William P. Barr Announces the Findings of the Criminal Investigation into the December 2019 Shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station (DOJ); see also Statement by Director of Defense Intelligence Garry Reid (DOD)

1/14 - Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee to meet in February (BLM)

1/14 - New York Times Continues Campaign Against Trump Administration (EPA); see also related DOI statement and NYT article

1/14 – Jovita Carranza Pledges to Create More Opportunities for Women, Underserved, and Veteran Entrepreneurs (SBA)

1/15 - DHS Issues Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking, the Importation of Goods Produced with Forced Labor, and Child Sexual Exploitation (DHS; direct to report)

1/15 - Department of Energy Issues Final “Process Rule” Modernizing Procedures in the Consideration of Energy Conservation Standards (DOE)

1/15 – Digitized historical editions of Government's official handbook now available, 1935-1994 (govinfo)

1/15 – Factors Contributing to Changes in Agricultural Commodity Prices and Trade for the United States and the World (ERS)

1/15 – Announcing The United States Supreme Court Nominations Web Archive (LOC; direct to archive)

1/16 - CDC Maps America’s High Levels of Inactivity (CDC)

1/16 – Aircraft Certification Committee Releases Findings & Recommendations to Enhance Aviation Safety (DOT; direct to report)

1/16 – NIST Releases Version 1.0 of Privacy Framework (NIST; direct to report)

1/16 – DOE Employee Debarred from Federal Employment for Violating the Hatch Act by Providing Tour to a Political Candidate (OSC)

1/16 – President Donald J. Trump is Safeguarding the Right to Religious Freedom for Students and Organizations (White House; see also related statements/proposed rules from DHS, DOJ, DOL, ED, HHS, USDA, USAID, and VA, along with Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus response)

1/16 - Secretary Azar Hosts Foreign Officials to Reaffirm Trump Administration's Support for Protecting Life in Global Health Policy (HHS)

1/16 - HUD Announces Second Disaster Recovery Grant Agreement with Puerto Rico, Making $8.2 Billion Available (HUD)

1/16 – FBI Announces New Policy for Notifying State and Local Election Officials of Cyber Intrusions Affecting Electing Infrastructure (FBI)

1/17 - BLM takes steps to improve administration of grazing regulations on public lands (BLM)

1/17 - U.S. and Mexico continue Interior Repatriation Initiative (CBP)

1/17 - Establishment of the Center for Analytics (State)

1/17 – Frederick Douglass Newspapers, 1847-1874: Now Online (LOC; direct to website)

1/17 – USDA Announces School and Summer Meal Reforms; see also related USDA Published Proposed Rule – Aims to Streamline SFSP Operations (FNS)

Miscellaneous : Jan. 11 - Jan. 17

1/13 – Border Wall (FWS FOIA)

1/13 - Records Submitted by Attorneys and Investigators employed by the Special Counsel's Office of a Human Resources Nature (DOJ FOIA)

1/14 – Assessing the Adequacy of DHS Efforts to Prevent Child Deaths in Custody (Congress)

1/15  - Judge Blocks Trump’s Executive Order Allowing Local Officials to Reject Refugees (Courts, via NPR)

1/16 – Impeachment trial formally begins in the Senate (Congress)

1/16 - Draft SAB report on EPA's Computable General Equilibrium Model SAGE (EPA SAB)

1/17 - House Oversight Committee Finds Widespread Ethics Issues at EPA (Congress)

1/17 – “Reports on Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment Involving Unaccompanied Alien Children” section added to HHS Unaccompanied Alien Children Information page, with data for 2017 and 2015/2016

1/17 – Youth climate change lawsuit against U.S. government dismissed by Court of Appeals (Courts)

1/17 – Fourth release of Mueller memos (via BuzzFeed News)

1/17 – Court filing in PETER P. STRZOK, Plaintiff, v. WILLIAM P. BARR, in his official capacity as Attorney General of the United States, includes attached Exhibit A declaration from former Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein on his authorization to release text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page to the press (Courts)

Inspector General reports : Jan. 11 - Jan. 17

1/14 - Gas Marketing Company Conspired to Defraud Oil and Gas Companies on Leased Land (DOI)

1/15 - Same-Day Delivery: Implications for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)

1/15 – John F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs: U.S. Lessons Learned in Afghanistan (SIGAR)

1/16 - Negligent Workers Who Triggered Fatal Explosion in Gulf of Mexico Sentenced To Probation and Fines (DOI)

OIG Semiannual Reports to Congress (SARs) for the period April 1, 2019 - September 30, 2019 have mostly been released, though four are currently outstanding. If interested, you can check this page to quickly see which reports are available and link directly to the SAR pages.

Bills Signed into Law: Jan. 11 - Jan. 17

This new section is being added at the request of two readers. Like other sections on this page, links will be selective rather than comprehensive. Information is from; date listed is date signed into law and the description is abbreviated version of bill summary available on that website.

 - none this week