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U.S. Government Information: WR 03/14/20

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 : Mar 14 - Mar 20

3/16 - DHS Issues Six Environmental Waivers to Expedite New Border Wall System projects across the Southwest Border (DHS)

3/17 - American FactFinder Is Retiring March 31 (Census)

3/17 - Map and Spreadsheet of Installations Conducting Assessments for PFAS Use or Potential Release (DOD)

3/17 - Former Congressman Duncan D. Hunter Sentenced to 11 Months in Prison for Stealing Campaign Funds (FBI)

3/17 - FDA requires new health warnings for cigarette packages and advertisements (FDA)

3/17 - New Data on U.S. Public School Students Enrolled in Schools with Violent Incidents and Hate Crimes (NCES)

3/18 - U.S. EPA awards $280,000 to advance environmental projects in the California/Baja California border region (EPA)

3/18 - HUD Provides Immediate Relief for Homeowners Amid Nationwide Coronavirus Response (HUD)

3/18 - Updated ICE statement on COVID-19 (ICE)

3/18 - Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance on Deferring Tax Payments Due to COVID-19 Outbreak (Treasury; see also 3/21 updated guidance – Treasury and IRS Delay Federal Tax Day from April 15 to July 15 Due to COVID-19 Outbreak)

3/19 - Department of Energy Executes On Direction Of President Trump, Announces Solicitation To Purchase Crude Oil For The SPR To Provide Relief To American Energy Industry (DOE)

3/20 - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Releases Report on 2019 Administration of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (CFPB; direct to report)

3/20 - Delivering on President Trump's Promise, Secretary DeVos Suspends Federal Student Loan Payments, Waives Interest During National Emergency (ED)

3/20 - Three statements from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights re: Adequate Healthcare in Prisons and Detention Centers During COVID-19 Outbreak | Executive Proclamation Expanding Existing Orders on Religious and National Origin Travel Discrimination | Growing Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak (USCCR)

Inspector General reports : Mar 14 - Mar 20

3/16 - The Puerto Rico Department of Housing, San Juan, PR, Should Strengthen Its Capacity To Administer Its Disaster Grants (HUD)

3/16 - Review of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Referral to and Reclamation of Debt from the U.S. Department of the Treasury (DOL)

3/17 - NASA's Mobile Launchers (NASA)

OIG Semiannual Reports to Congress (SARs) for the period April 1, 2019 - September 30, 2019 have mostly been released, though one remains 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: Mar 14 - Mar 20

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.

3/18 - H.R.6201 — Families First Coronavirus Response Act (responds to the coronavirus outbreak by providing paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing, expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits, and requiring employers to provide additional protections for health care worker)