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U.S. Government Information: WR 5/14/22

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 : May 14 - May 20

5/16 - ACUS Announces Study of Disclosure of Agency Legal Materials, Requests Public Input (ACUS)

5/17 - Memorandum: Timely and Thorough Assessments of Reported Civilian Harm Incidents (DOD; see also, Executive Summary: Review of the Civilian Casualty Incident that Occurred on 18 March 2019 in Baghuz, Syria)

5/17 - Justice Department Sues to Compel a U.S. Businessperson to Register Under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (DOJ)

5/17 - Justice Department Announces Publication of the First Volume of the National Firearms in Commerce and Trafficking Assessment (DOJ; direct to report)

5/17 - Newly Released Estimates Show Traffic Fatalities Reached a 16-Year High in 2021 (DOT; direct to report)

5/17 - FCC Commits $50 Million In Emergency Connectivity Funding To Schools And Libraries To Help Close The Homework Gap (FCC)

5/17 - New Online Collection: Foreign Legal Gazettes (LOC; direct to collection page)

5/17 - National Archives Awards $4.8 Million in Grants for Historical Records Projects (NARA; direct to list)

5/17 - NASA Seeks Input on Moon to Mars Objectives, Comments Due May 31 (NASA; direct to draft objectives)

5/17 - NIST Study Gives Animal Testing Alternatives a Confidence Boost (NIST; direct to OA article)

5/18 - National Endowment for Arts Announces Second Round of Grants for FY 2022 (NEA; direct to recipients by state/city)

5/19 - CDC Strengthens Recommendations and Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots (CDC; see also, ACIP meeting presentations)

5/19 - U.S. Census Bureau Releases 2020 Undercount and Overcount Rates by State and the District of Columbia (Census; direct to PES report)

5/19 - Department of Justice Announces New Policy for Charging Cases under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (DOJ; direct to revised policy)

5/19 - FTC to Crack Down on Companies that Illegally Surveil Children Learning Online (FTC)

5/19 - NASA, Partners Offer Global View of Environmental Changes (NASA; direct to website)

Bills Signed into Law : May 14 - May 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.

5/16 - H.R.3182 Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2021 - makes it unlawful to manufacture, sell, or distribute crib bumpers or inclined sleepers for infants