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U.S. Government Information: WR 05/08/21

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 : May 8 - May 14

5/10 - HHS Announces Prohibition on Sex Discrimination Includes Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (HHS)

5/10 - NSA, ODNI and CISA Release 5G Analysis Paper (NSA; direct to report)

5/10 - Treasury Launches Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to Deliver $350 Billion (Treas; direct to factsheet and website)

5/11 - DHS Creates New Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships and Additional Efforts to Comprehensively Combat Domestic Violent Extremism (DHS)

5/11 - Biden-Harris Administration Approves First Major Offshore Wind Project in U.S. Waters (DOI)

5/11 - FCC to Launch $7.17 Billion Connectivity Fund Program (FCC)

5/12 - Secretary Haaland Approves New Constitution for Cherokee Nation, Guaranteeing Full Citizenship Rights for Cherokee Freedmen (DOI)

5/12 - Secretary Antony J. Blinken on Release of the 2020 International Religious Freedom Report (DOS; direct to reports)

5/12 - Department of Education Launches Outreach Campaign to Millions of K-12 Students and Federal Pell Grant Recipients Now Eligible for Monthly Discounts on Broadband Internet Service (ED)

5/12 - EPA Rescinds Rule on Guidance Documents (EPA; direct to prepub rescission rule)

5/12 - EPA Relaunches Climate Indicators Website Showing How Climate Change is Impacting Peoples’ Health and Environment (EPA; direct to website)

5/12 - USGS Scientists Add Another Piece to Puzzle of How Hurricanes Can Gain Strength (USGS; direct to  OA article)

5/13 - Department of Defense Releases Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military (DOD; direct to report & appendices and factsheet)

5/13 - Summary of Fiscal Year 2020 Annual FOIA Reports Published (DOJ, reporting for all federal agencies; direct to report)

5/13 - NIST Releases Tips and Tactics for Dealing With Ransomware (NIST; direct to infographic)

5/14 - DHS Issues a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin (DHS; direct to report)

5/14 - Statement from FTC Acting Chairwoman Slaughter and Commissioner Chopra on 7-Eleven/Speedway Merger (FTC)

5/14 - Earth’s Oldest Minerals Date Onset of Plate Tectonics to 3.6 Billion Years Ago (SI; direct to OA article)

5/14 - VA to readjudicate Veteran and survivor claims for possible herbicide [Agent Orange] exposure (VA)

Bills Signed into Law: May 8 - May 14

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 : May 8 - May 14

5/10 - Re: HHS Office of the Secretary and HHS Office of Civil Rights - As part of the HHS off-boarding procedure, a departing user and their supervisor are given the option of how to back up files stored in their email. If no selection was made and/or a user was not off-boarded correctly, the email mailbox and files shares of the given user were deleted after 90 days of inactivity. (NARA Unauthorized Dispositions)

5/12 - Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity (WH)

5/14 - Executive Order on the Revocation of Certain Presidential Actions and Technical Amendment (WH; see also, A Proclamation on Revoking Proclamation 9945)

5/14 - Strategic Intelligence Assessment and Data on Domestic Terrorism (FBI/DHS; see also, statements from House Homeland Security and House Intelligence chairs)

Congressional Hearings: May 8 - May 14