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U.S. Government Information: WR 01/18/20

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. 18 - Jan. 24

1/18 - National Archives Apologizes for Alteration of Women's March Image (NARA; see also NARA blog post and original news article)

1/21 - 2019 Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics Overview (FBI; direct to report)

1/21 - Department of Justice Files Brief in Support of the Constitutionality of Ohio Law Prohibiting Abortion Providers From Performing an Abortion They Know Is Sought Because of Down Syndrome (DOJ)

1/21 - U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Comment on Proposed Amendments to Regulation of Service Animals on Flights (DOT)

1/21 - First and Second Travel-related Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Detected in United States (CDC)

1/22 - ODNI-Sponsored Study Examines Bioeconomy (ODNI; direct to report)

1/22 - Treaty Termination Ends Certain Visa Eligibility for Iranian Nationals (USCIS)

1/22 - Interior approves Record of Decision for Keystone XL pipeline (BLM)

1/23 - DOD Releases Report on Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan (DOD; direct to report)

1/23 - State Department Officials On Changes to U.S. Visa Regulations Regarding Birth Tourism  (State; see also Visas: Temporary Visitors for Business or Pleasure final rule)

1/23 - EPA and Army Deliver on President Trump’s Promise to Issue the Navigable Waters Protection Rule – A New Definition of WOTUS (EPA; see also Correcting the Record: Media Erroneously Claims EPA and Army Jeopardize Wetlands & Stream Protection for links to news articles)

1/23 – USGS Releases Estimate of Conventional Oil and Gas in Alaska Central North Slope (USGS; direct to report)

1/24 – SEC Publishes Annual Reports on Credit Rating Agencies (SEC; direct to report 1 and report 2)

1/24 – CFPB Announces Policy Regarding Prohibition on Abusive Acts of Practices (CFPB)

1/24 - National Transportation Atlas Database Winter 2020 Update (BTS)

1/24 - Trump Administration Actions to Protect Life and Conscience (HHS; see also Secretary Azar Statement on March for Life and HHS Issues Notice of Violation to California for its Abortion Coverage Mandate)

1/24 - Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Mary Louise Kelly of NPR’s All Things Considered (State; see also follow-up Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and NPR response)

Miscellaneous : Jan. 18 - Jan. 24

1/21 - Publication of a Report to the President on the Effect of Automobile and Automobile-Part Imports on the National Security (OLC Opinions)

1/21 - Deletion of prison surveillance video (NARA unauthorized disposition)

1/21 - Loss of research study files for approximately 57 inactive research studies, some containing PII following flood damage to the facility housing the records  (NARA unauthorized disposition)

1/23 – Baez-Sanchez v. Barr Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit criticizes Board of Immigration Appeals, which “flatly refused to implement our [prior] decision” (Courts)

Bills Signed into Law: Jan. 18 - Jan. 24

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.

1/17 - H.R.2385 —To permit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a grant program to conduct cemetery research and produce educational materials for the Veterans Legacy Program

1/24 - H.R.2476 - Securing American Nonprofit Organizations Against Terrorism Act of 2019 (establishes in DHS a Nonprofit Security Grant Program, under which FEMA shall make grants to eligible nonprofit organizations for target hardening and other security enhancements to protect against terrorist attacks)