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U.S. Government Information: WR 02/15/20

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 : Feb. 15 - Feb. 21

2/17 - Joint Statement by U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Repatriation of American Passengers From the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship (State)

2/18 - APHIS Restores Online Animal Welfare Act Records (APHIS)

2/18 - 2020 Census Interfaith Summit (Census)

2/18 - Individual Arrested for Acting Within the U.S. on Behalf of the Russian Government Without Notifying the Attorney General (DOJ)

2/18 - Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Grants of Clemency (White House)

2/19 - BLM’s sage-grouse plans put Western communities first (BLM)

2/19 - DHS Announces Streamlining Measures To Help States In Issuing REAL IDs (DHS)

2/19 - Trump Administration Optimizes Water Delivery and Increases Species Protection in California’s Central Valley (DOI; see also, State of California files suit against Central Valley Plan)

2/19 - EPA Proposes Additional Amendments to the Regulations for Coal Combustion Residuals (EPA)

2/19 - EPA Takes Important Step to Reduce Unnecessary Animal Testing (EPA)

2/19 - Economic Viability of Industrial Hemp in the United States: A Review of State Pilot Programs (ERS)

2/19 - WCB Seeks Comment on Discrete Issues Arising from Mozilla Decision (FCC; see also Commissioner Rosenworcel statement)

2/19 - U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Report, Free to Learn: Speech and Sexual Harassment on Campus (USCCR; direct to report)

2/19 - California Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Community Forum: Immigration Enforcement Impacting California Children (USCCR)

2/20 - Development of a DOD Instruction on Minimizing and Responding to Civilian Harm in Military Operations (DOD)

2/20 - EPA Announces Proposed Decision to Regulate PFOA and PFOS in Drinking Water (EPA)

2/20 - New Data Shows Digital Divide Closing & Broadband Competition Rising (FCC; direct to report)

2/20 - Economic Report of the President (govinfo)

2/20 - $166 Million Invested in Libraries Across America (IMLS)

2/20 - Statement by Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire on the End of His Tenure (ODNI; see also statement by Chair of House Homeland Security Committee)

2/20 - Secretary Perdue Announces New Innovation Initiative for USDA (USDA)

2/20 - Statement by the Press Secretary re: Acting Director of National Intelligence (White House; see also statement by House Speaker Pelosi)

2/21 - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Issues Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Time-Barred Debt Disclosures (CFPB)

2/21 - Wells Fargo Agrees to Pay $3 Billion to Resolve Criminal and Civil Investigations into Sales Practices Involving the Opening of Millions of Accounts without Customer Authorization (DOJ)

2/21 - U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia Signs First Secretary’s Orders and Announces Department Management Decisions (DOL)

2/21 - HHS Issues Strategy to Improve Care for Patients by Reducing Clinician Burdens (HHS; direct to report)

2/21 - New Methodology Identifies Mineral Commodities Whose Supply Disruption Poses the Greatest Risk to the U.S. Manufacturing Sector (USGS; direct to report)

Inspector General reports : Feb. 15 - Feb. 21

2/18 - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Criminal Alien Program Faces Challenges (DHS)

2/18 - Audit of the DoD’s Accountability of Counter-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Train and Equip Fund Equipment Designated for Syria (DoD)

2/18 - Management Controls Needed to Verify and Report Border 2020 Program Accomplishments (EPA)

2/19 - Management Alert – Nationwide Delivery Scanning Issues (USPS)

2/20 - Review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons' Pharmaceutical Drug Costs and Procurement (DOJ)

2/20 - Report on Violations of Smithsonian Standards of Conduct by Caroline Baumann (Smithsonian)

OIG Semiannual Reports to Congress (SARs) for the period April 1, 2019 - September 30, 2019 have mostly been released, though two remain 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: Feb. 15 - Feb. 21

This new section is 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