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U.S. Government Information: WR 07/04/20

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 : July 4 - July 10

Note: statements concerning ongoing civil protests are being compiled on a separate guide

7/6 - FNS Issues Call to Action Upon the Release of 2019 SNAP Payment Error Rate (FNS)

7/6 - SEVP modifies temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online courses during fall 2020 semester (ICE; see also, House and Senate Democrats Urge ICE and DHS to Immediately Withdraw New Guidance that Threatens International Students with Deportation)

7/6 - On the CCP’s Orwellian Censorship of Hong Kong (State)

7/6 - SBA and Treasury Announce Release of Paycheck Protection Program Loan Data (Treas; see also, Washington Post’s data lookup tool)

7/7 - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Issues Final Rule on Small Dollar Lending (CFPB; see also, statement by Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Ranking Member)

7/7 - Secretary Bernhardt Listens to Local Concerns and Scraps Plans to Reintroduce Grizzly Bears into the North Cascades Ecosystem (DOI)

7/7 - 2019-20 Common Core of Data (CCD) Preliminary Directory Files now available (NCES)

7/8 - New Report Releases Data on Postsecondary Tuition, Fees and Degrees (NCES)

7/8 - ICE publishes monthly report on 287(g) enforcement actions (ICE; direct to reports)

7/8 - Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability [confirming withdrawal from WHO] (State; see also, Statement by UN Foundation President and CEO Elizabeth Cousens on U.S. Formal Notification of Withdrawal from WHO)

7/8 - Food Web Dynamics Influence Mercury Movement in Colorado River, Grand Canyon (USGS)

7/9 - EPA Administrator Wheeler Statement on House Democrats’ FY21 Appropriations Bill Defunding Water Infrastructure, Key Programs (EPA; see also, Appropriations Committee Releases FY 2021 Interior-Environment, Legislative Branch Bill Reports Ahead of Friday Markup)

7/9 - UN Special Rapporteur Gives More Cause to Distrust UN Human Rights Mechanisms (State; see also, UN report via UN OHCHR)

7/10 - National Transportation Atlas Database Summer 2020 Update (BTS)

7/10 - CFPB Releases Report on Debt Settlements and Credit Counseling (CFPB; direct to report)

7/10 - HHS Releases May and June COVID-19 State Testing Plans (HHS)

Miscellaneous : July 4 - July 10

7/6 - Supreme Court upholds states' ability to enforce electors' pledges to the candidate who wins the statewide popular vote (Courts; see also, CRS report)

7/6 - Federal judge orders the Dakota Access pipeline must be shut down by August 5 (Courts; see also, statement by DOE Secretary)

7/6 -  DHS Statement on Safety and [Immigration] Enforcement During the 2020 Wildfire Season (DHS)

7/8 - Federal materials for reopening schools said fully reopening schools and universities remained the “highest risk” for the spread of the coronavirus (via New York Times, with source document)

7/8 - Supreme Court grants employers the right to refuse birth control insurance coverage for moral or religious reasons (Courts)

7/8 - Supreme Court decides that federal employment discrimination laws don’t apply to teachers at religious institutions (Courts)

7/9 - Members of Congress to President Trump: Remove Policies Discriminating Against LGBTQ Individuals (Congress)

7/9 - Judiciary Committee Releases Key Takeaways from Interview with Former SDNY Prosecutor Geoffrey Berman (Congress, with link to Berman opening statement)

7/9 - Supreme Court decides roughly half of Okalahoma is Native American reservation land (Courts)

7/9 - Supreme Court decides New York grand jury can subpoena Trump’s tax returns (Courts)

7/9 - Supreme Court decides Congress has power to subpoena Trump’s tax returns, but remands to lower court to assess “separation of powers” question (Courts; see also, CRS report)

7/10 - Southern Border Issues: Arizona and Texas (FWS FOIA)

7/10 - Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Grant of Clemency for Roger Stone, Jr.  (White House; see also, House Intelligence Committee Chair Statement)

Bills Signed into Law: July 4 - July 10

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.

7/7 - S.3084 — A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to modify the limitation on pay for certain high-level employees and officers of the Department of Veterans Affairs (excludes certain appointed positions within the VA from current executive schedule salary caps)

7/8 - S.4116 — A bill to extend the authority for commitments for the paycheck protection program and separate amounts authorized for other loans under section 7(a) of the Small Business Act, and for other purposes (extends through 8/8/20 the application period for the PPP established to support small businesses in response to COVID-19)