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U.S. Government Information: WR 07/11/20

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 11 - July 17

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

7/13 - CFPB Releases Making Ends Meet Survey (CFPB; direct to report)

7/13 - Ozone Pollution Continues to Decline Under President Trump, EPA Proposes to Retain Existing NAAQS for Ozone (EPA)

7/13 - FDA Launches New Era of Smarter Food Safety Initiative, Releases Blueprint and Pilot Study (FDA)

7/14 - Statement by Attorney General William P. Barr on the Execution of Daniel Lewis Lee (DOJ)

7/14 - EPA Announces $6 Billion in New Funding for Water Infrastructure Projects  (EPA)

7/15 - Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2019 (BJS)

7/15 - Secretary Mark T. Esper Provides Update on Department Efforts to Address Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity in the Military Services (DOD)

7/15 - Commonsense Reforms to Federal Reviews Key to Economic Prosperity (DOI; see also, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Ranking Member’s statement)

7/15 - USDA Posts the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s Final Report(FNS; direct to report) 

7/15 - New Report on Crime and Safety in Schools and College Campuses (NCES)

7/16 - CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield and HHS Chief Information Officer Jose Arrieta Remarks on HHS Protect (CDC; see also, letters from Senate and House Democrats on COVID data going to HHS instead of CDC)

7/16 - CFPB Releases Updated COVID-19 Consumer Complaint Data (CFPB)

7/16 - U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $90 Billion in Savings Through Regulatory Reforms (DOT)

7/16 - People Visited Public Libraries More Than a Billion Times in One Year (IMLS)

7/16 - Gazetteer Catalogs Ocean Features (NCEI; direct to website)

7/16 - NSA Teams with NCSC, CSE, DHS CISA to Expose Russian Intelligence Services Targeting COVID-19 Researchers (NSA)

7/16 - The United States Signs Statement Reaffirming Commitments to Protecting Marine Ecosystems (State)

7/16 - Unalienable Rights and the Securing of Freedom (State; direct to report; see also, Subcommittees Oppose Potentially Dangerous Language and Raise Public Health Concerns in the State Department’s Unalienable Rights Draft Report and Release Event)

7/17 - Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper Guidance on Public Display or Depiction of Flags in the Department of Defense (DOD)

7/17 - FCC Improves Broadband Data and Maps to Bridge the Digital Divide (FCC)

7/17 -  U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Majority Supports the Washington, D.C. Admission Act (USCCR)

Bills Signed into Law: July 11 - July 17

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.

7/13 - S.4091 — Emergency Aid for Returning Americans Affected by Coronavirus Act (increases max amount of funding available in FY2020 for, and revises certain requirements pertaining to, temporary assistance for U.S. citizens and dependents returning from foreign countries due to a crisis and without available resources)

7/14 - H.R.7440 — Hong Kong Autonomy Act (imposes sanctions on foreign individuals and entities that materially contribute to China's failure to preserve Hong Kong's autonomy)