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U.S. Government Information: WR 05/22/21

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 22 - May 28

5/24 - EPA Announces the Signing of the U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program: Border 2025 Framework Document (EPA; direct to report)

5/24 - NOAA index tracks how greenhouse gas pollution amplified global warming in 2020 (NOAA)

5/24 - Return Travel on Recently Expired U.S. Passports (State)

5/25 - Afghanistan Retrograde Nearly One-Quarter Complete (DOD)

5/25 - Biden-Harris Administration Advances Offshore Wind in the Pacific (DOI)

5/25 - IMLS Releases 2019 Data on American Public Libraries (IMLS; direct to data reports)

5/25 - Just Released! Condition of Education 2021 (NCES; direct to website)

5/26 - US Department of Labor announces selection of researchers to analyze how labor policies, protections, programs reach underserved communities (DOL)

5/26 - EPA Implements Court Decision Overturning Restrictive Trump-Era Rule; Reaffirms Commitment to Use Best Available Science (EPA; direct to documents)

5/26 - FAA Completes Rule Establishing Pilot Records Database to Increase Safety (FAA)

5/26 - USGS Releases Nationwide Marsh Vulnerability Maps (USGS; direct to website, which appears incompatible with Firefox browser)

5/27 - New Vintage 2020 Population Estimates Available for Cities and Towns, and Housing Unit Estimates for the Nation, States and Counties (Census)

5/27 - DHS Announces New Cybersecurity Requirements for Critical Pipeline Owners and Operators (DHS; see also, directive via Politico)

5/27 - New Data Shows Visits Soared Across National Forests in 2020 (FS; direct to report)

5/27 - New Report Examines Changes to Copyright Law for Sound Recordings (LOC; direct to report)

5/27 - ODNI Statement on COVID-19 Origins (ODNI; see also, statement by President Biden)

5/28 - Additional 2020 Census Operational Quality Metrics (Census)

Bills Signed into Law: May 22 - May 28

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.

5/24 - H.R.1318: Alaska Tourism Restoration Act - temporarily allows foreign-flagged cruise ships to sail directly from Washington State to Alaska without having to dock in Canada first

5/26 - H.R.941: TRANSPLANT Act of 2021 - modifies and reauthorizes the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program, which provides support to patients who need a potentially life-saving bone marrow transplant or umbilical cord blood transplant; also requires HHS to conduct a periodic review of the science of using adult stem cells and birthing tissues in therapeutic treatments