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U.S. Government Information: WR 1/16/21

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 16 - Jan 22

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

1/16 - Census Bureau Statement on National Urban League Case 21-Day Stay (Census)

1/16 - Department of Defense Highlights (DOD)

1/18 - 1776 Commission Takes Historic and Scholarly Step to Restore Understanding of the Greatness of the American Founding (Trump WH; direct to report; see also, Biden's EO revoking the commission)

1/19 - Surgeon General Releases First Report Focused on Community Health and Economic Prosperity (HHS; direct to report)

1/19 - NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Releases 2020 Annual Report (NASA; direct to report)

1/20 - Join Us for a Webinar – How to Conduct Research in the U.S. Serial Set Online (LOC)

1/20 - Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Grants of Clemency (Trump WH)

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1/20 – Biden Inauguration

1/20 - Acting Secretary of DHS Directs a Review of Immigration Enforcement Practices and Policies (DHS)

1/20 - National Archives Launches Trump Presidential Library Website (NARA)

1/21 - Census Bureau Update on 2020 Census (Census)

1/21 - Statement by John Kirby, Pentagon Press Secretary, on New START (DOD)

1/21 - FACT SHEET: Interior Department Welcomes Day One Executive Orders to Restore Public Lands and Waters, Combat Coronavirus (DOI)

1/21 - At the Request of President Biden, Acting Secretary of Education Will Extend Pause on Federal Student Loan Payments (ED)

1/21 - Acting HUD Secretary Announces Extension of Eviction and Foreclosure Moratoriums (HUD)

1/21 - Biden Administration requests USAGM CEO Pack’s resignation (USAGM)

1/22 - Biden Administration Expands P-EBT to Benefit Millions of Low-Income and Food Insecure Children During Pandemic (FNS)

1/22 - U.S. Navy Transfers Arctic Dataset (NCEI)

1/22 - On the Reinstatement of State Department Diversity Training (State)

1/22 - FACT SHEET: Treasury to Work to Ensure Families Get Access to Economic Impact Payments (Treas)

Bills Signed into Law: Jan 16 - Jan 22

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.

1/22 -  H.R.335 - To provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as Secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces

Miscellaneous : Jan 16 - Jan 22

1/16 - Mueller Memos: The FBI Just Released Its Secret Interviews With Michael Flynn After BuzzFeed News Waged A Legal Fight (via BuzzFeed, with source documents; documents also available in the FBI Vault)

1/18 - Menendez Publishes New Report Documenting Cruelty, Coercion, and Legal Contortions in Trump Administration’s Asylum Agreements (Congress; direct to report)

1/19 - Responsibility for Electronic Presidential Records on Hardware of the Executive Office of the President After a Presidential Transition (OLC opinion; 7 additional OLC opinions posted in final week of Trump administration)

1/20 - Termination financial disclosure for Trump and Pence (OGE)

1/20 - Biden Fires NLRB General Counsel After He Refuses to Resign (via Bloomberg Law, with link to source document)

1/21 - COVID-19 Working Paper: International Food Security Assessment, 2020-2030: COVID-19 Update and Impacts of Food Insecurity (ERS)

1/21 - National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness (White House)

1/22 - Biden Administration Tables Trump's Citizenship Data Request For Redistricting (via NPR, with links to source documents)

1/22 - Education Dept. staff recommends dropping embattled for-profit-college accreditor backed by DeVos (via Washington Post, with link to source document)

1/22 - New “Red Wolf” section added to FWS FOIA reading room (FWS)

1/22 - Meeks, McCaul, Kaptur, Kinzinger, and Keating on Threats to U.S. International Broadcasting (Congress)

1/22 - Chairman Schiff Requests Director of National Intelligence Haines Declassify Report on Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder (Congress)

1/22 - 19 Executive Orders and 8 other actions issued in President Biden’s first three days (White House)