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U.S. Government Information: WR 5/13/23

Guide to information resources by and about the federal government.


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 : May 13 - May 19

5/15 - Total Household Debt Reaches $17.05 trillion in Q1 2023; Mortgage Loan Growth Slows (FRB; direct to report)

5/15 - Bound Congressional Record Now Back to 1873 in (LOC)

5/15 - Secretary Antony J. Blinken On the 2022 Report on International Religious Freedom (State; direct to report page)

5/15 - Fact Sheet: Biden-Harris Administration Releases Updated Fact Sheets Highlighting Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Investments in all 50 States, D.C. and Territories (WH)

5/16 - EIA is suspending data collection for its Prime Supplier Report and portions of its Petroleum Marketing Monthly (EIA)

5/16 - IARPA Pursuing Breakthrough Biointelligence and Biosecurity Innovations (ODNI)

5/16 - Biden-Harris Administration Makes Historic, $11 Billion Investment to Advance Clean Energy Across Rural America Through Investing in America Agenda (USDA; direct to info page)

5/17 - Astronomers Find Potentially Volcano-Covered Earth-Size World (SI)

5/17 - USGS Invests Millions in Critical-Minerals Mapping in Alaska (USGS)

5/18 - Large Southern Cities Lead Nation in Population Growth (Census)

5/18 - FTC Warns About Misuses of Biometric Information and Harm to Consumers (FTC; direct to policy statement)

5/18 - Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Announces Next Round of Award Opportunities for Libraries, Archives, Museums, Higher Education and Artists/Scholars in Residence (LOC)

5/18 - IARPA Kicks Off New Research Program to Detect Changes in Movement Patterns (ODNI)

5/18 - FMS 2023: Retooling Foreign Military Sales for An Age of Strategic Competition (State)

5/18 - Treasury Department Releases Progress Report Detailing Price Cap’s Success One Year After Launch (Treas; direct to report page)

5/18 - Fact Sheet: Biden-Harris Administration Announces New Initiative to Tackle Unsheltered Homelessness (WH)

5/19 - U.S. Department of Education Releases Report on State of School Diversity, Announces New Grant Opportunity (ED; direct to report)

5/19 - U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice Release Joint Letter on Postsecondary Online Accessibility (ED OCR; direct to letter)

5/19 - NIST Team Demonstrates Novel Way to Convert Heat to Electricity (NIST)

5/19 - U.S. Postal Service launches service performance dashboard (USPS; direct to website)

5/19 - G7 Leaders’ Statement on Ukraine (WH)

Bills Signed into Law : May 13 - May 19

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

Congressional Hearings : May 13 - May 19

Miscellaneous : May 13 - May 19

5/15 - Threats against the LGBTQIA+ community intensifying: Department of Homeland Security (via ABC News)

5/15 - Durham Finds Fault With F.B.I. Over Russia Inquiry (via NYT; see also, SCO website with report & AG letter to Congress | FBI statement)

5/15 - IRS confirms Stanford study of racial bias in audits (via  Stanford, with link to Senate Finance chair statement and IRS commissioner letter)

5/15 - IRS tests free e-filing system that could compete with tax prep giants (via Washington Post)

5/17 - At least 80 calls to National Archives since 2010 about mishandling classified information (via AP, with link to testimony transcript)

5/17 - Event Recording: “In Conversation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden” (via infoDOCKET; direct to video)

5/17 - Homeland Security Uses AI Tool to Analyze Social Media of U.S. Citizens and Refugees (via Vice, with source document)

5/18 - GNEB reports to the president removed from website, but made available in NSCEP; all reports also captured in Internet Archive (EPA)

5/18 - USCP OIG website updated to make reports available (USCP; note – reports link on the page isn’t working, but reports are available here)

5/18 - Supreme Court unanimously sides with Twitter in ISIS attack case (via NPR; see also, Twitter, Inc. v. Taamneh and Gonzales v. Google LLC opinions on SCOTUS website)

5/18 - Ethics panel to continue investigating Santos even as prosecution proceeds (via Washington Post)

5/19 - FBI misused surveillance tool on Jan. 6 suspects, BLM arrestees and others (via Washington Post, with source document)

5/19 - Are you Hispanic or Latino? A Census mistake reveals a complicated answer. (via Washington Post)

Trump search warrant:

5/17 - Exclusive: New evidence in special counsel probe may undercut Trump’s claim documents he took were automatically declassified (via CNN)