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U.S. Government Information: WR 3/11/23

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. All links are captured in the Internet Archive if possible, and a list of earlier roundups is available.

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Press releases : Mar 11 - Mar 17

3/12 - Joint Statement by the Department of the Treasury, Federal Reserve, and FDIC [re: bank failure] (Treas; see also FDIC info page and president’s 3/13 remarks)

3/13 - Interior Department Substantially Reduces Scope of Willow Project (DOI; see also, House Natural Resources ranking member statement)

3/13 - FBI Releases Supplemental 2021 Hate Crime Statistics (FBI; direct to data page; see also, AAG statement)

3/14 - New Work-From-Home Data by Race and Ethnicity Now Available (Census; direct to data page)

3/14 - Biden-Harris Administration Proposes First-Ever National Standard to Protect Communities from PFAS in Drinking Water (EPA; direct to proposal page)

3/14 - Challenges and Opportunities for a More Accessible and Equitable Data Ecosystem (NCEI; direct to editorial)

3/14 - On American Rescue Plan’s Second Anniversary, Treasury Releases New Data on Act’s Historic Investments in Economic Growth (Treas; direct to report)

3/15 - CFPB Launches Inquiry Into the Business Practices of Data Brokers (CFPB)

3/15 - EPA Announces Final “Good Neighbor” Plan to Cut Harmful Smog, Protecting Health of Millions from Power Plant, Industrial Air Pollution (EPA; direct to info page)

3/15 - HUD Announces Overhaul of Disaster Recovery Program to Better Deliver for Impacted Communities (HUD)

3/15 - Observing the First International Day to Combat Islamophobia (State; see also, 3/15 FBI Vault release of Christchurch Mosque Shooting file)

3/15 - Readout of the White House Forum on Campus and Community-Scale Climate Change Solutions (WH/OSTP; direct to forum recording)

3/16 - Toxic Chemical Releases in 2021 Remained Below Pre-Pandemic Levels According to New Toxics Release Inventory Data (EPA; direct to report page)

3/16 - FTC Issues Orders to Social Media and Video Streaming Platforms Regarding Efforts to Address Surge in Advertising for Fraudulent Products and Scams (FTC)

3/16 - Copyright Office Launches New Artificial Intelligence Initiative (LOC; direct to website)

3/16 - USCCR to Hold Public Briefing on The Federal Response to Anti-Asian Racism in the United States (USCCR)

3/16 - New VA Mission Statement recognizes sacred commitment to all Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors (VA)

3/17 - Interior Department Outlines Actions to Address the FOIA Backlog in Annual Report (DOI; direct to report)

3/17 - FCC Adopts Its First Rules Focused on Scam Texting (FCC)

3/17 - HUD Restores “Discriminatory Effects” Rule (HUD; direct to fact sheet)

3/17 - IMLS Releases FY 2022 Annual Financial Report (IMLS; direct to report page)

Bills Signed into Law : Mar 11 - Mar 17

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.

None this week

Miscellaneous : Mar 11 - Mar 17

3/12 - The Foilies 2023: Recognizing the worst in government transparency (via EFF)

3/14 - Unauthorized Dispositions, founded cases: 1, FAA) According to a Reuters article, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stated that a preliminary review found that contract personnel "unintentionally deleted files" disrupting a key computer system and prompting a nationwide groundstop that disrupted more than 11,000 flights. The FAA said the issue occurred while personnel were working "to correct synchronization between the live primary database and a backup database."; 2, CIA) An accidental destruction of 600 hard-copy documents (approximately 4,608 pages) documenting the Central Intelligence Agency's Inspector General (IG) decisions and activities (NARA)

3/14 - Incident Involving Agents of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Encountering Migrants Crossing the U.S. Border on September 19, 2021, Interim Response Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3 (DOJ FOIA)

3/14 - Executive Order on Reducing Gun Violence and Making Our Communities Safer (WH; see also, fact sheet)

3/14 - CREW, 28 other advocacy groups call on Merrick Garland to act on law enforcement accountability database (via CREW)

3/14 - CDC news release magnified spike in sexual violence against girls (via Washington Post, with links to source documents and CDC statement)

3/16 - During Sunshine Week, Oversight Democrats Release New Citizen’s Guide to FOIA (Congress; direct to guide)

3/16 - The truth is there's little the government can do about lies on cable (via NPR)

3/17 - Read the transcript: What happened inside the federal hearing on abortion pills (via NPR, with source document)

3/17 - Officials notify Trump allies whose Social Security numbers were posted online (via Washington Post, with links to source documents)

Trump search warrant:

3/14 - Communications External to the United States Government Relating to a Search Warrant Carried Out at Mar-a-Lago on or About August 8, 2022, Interim Response, August 8, 2022 - August 25, 2022  (DOJ FOIA)

3/16 - Records Concerning the Search Warrant Executed at Mar-a-Lago on August 8, 2022, Interim Response, August 10, 2022 - August 11, 2022 (DOJ FOIA)

3/17 - Trump attorney ordered to testify before grand jury investigating former president (via CNN)