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U.S. Government Information: WR 6/25/22

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 : June 25 - July 1

6/27 - FDA Introduces Innovative Proposal to Advance Consumer Access to Nonprescription Drugs (FDA; direct to proposed rule)

6/28 - Reports of Disinformation Campaign Against Rare Earth Processing Facilities (DOD; see also, Mandiant report)

6/28 - DOE Report Finds Energy Jobs Grew Faster Than Overall U.S. Employment in 2021 (DOE; direct to report page)

6/28 - Just Released! Report on Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2021 (NCES; direct to report)

6/29 - Why Web Archiving?: A Conversation with Web Archivists and Researchers (LOC; direct to panel recording)

6/29 - Biden Administration announces historic coastal and climate resilience funding (NOAA)

6/29 - Smithsonian Will Convene Thousands of Educators From Across the Nation This Summer To Discuss the Importance of Teaching Inclusive, Holistic and Well-Rounded Content (SI)

6/29 - Modern, user-friendly Patent Center to fully replace legacy Public PAIR system this summer (USPTO)

6/30 - Nation Continues to Age as It Becomes More Diverse (Census)

6/30 - U.S. Copyright Office Publishes Report on Copyright Protections for Press Publishers (Copyright Office; direct to report)

6/30 - Biden Administration Announces First-Ever Funding Program Dedicated to Reconnecting American Communities (DOT)

6/30 - FDA Recommends Inclusion of Omicron BA.4/5 Component for COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Doses (FDA)

6/30 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Finalizes Changes to Mexican Wolf Management Rule (FWS)

6/30 - Rewards for Justice – Reward Offer for Information on Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections (State)

7/1 - Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Submits Annual Report to Congress (DHS; direct to report page)

7/1 - Interior Department Invites Public Comment on Proposed Five Year Program for Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing (DOI; direct to program page; see also, House Natural Resources chair statement)

7/1 - Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Announces Department of Justice 2022-26 Strategic Plan (DOJ; direct to plan page)

7/1 - Statement by Secretary Walsh on termination of Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers Program (DOL; see also, TAA website and TAAF website)

7/1 - Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on "Don't Say Gay" Law Going into Effect Today (ED; see also, WH press secretary statement)

Bills Signed into Law : June 25 - July 1

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.

6/25 - S.2089, Keep Kids Fed Act of 2022 - amends the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to extend child nutrition waiver authority

6/25 - S.2938, Bipartisan Safer Communities Act - enhances certain restrictions and penalties on firearms purchases; promotes evidence-based best practices for school safety; authorizes grants to expand access to mental health services; and appropriates emergency funding for mental health resources and school safety measures (summary via WH)

Congressional Hearings : June 25 - July 1

Special - Roe v. Wade / Dobbs v. Jackson Decision

On June 24, the Supreme Court by 6-3 overturned Roe v. Wade; the dissenting opinion from Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan starts at p.148.

Federal responses/actions are being tracked on a new topical LibGuide.