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U.S. Government Information: WR 7/17/21

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. All links are captured in the Internet Archive if possible, and a list of earlier roundups is available.

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Press releases: July 17 - July 23

7/19 - DOJ Formally Adopts New Policy Restricting Use of Compulsory Process to Obtain Reporter Information (DOJ; direct to AG memo)

7/19 - EPA, Forest Service Release Improved Tools to Equip the Public with Information and Resources on Wildfire Smoke (EPA; direct to mapping website)

7/19 - NSA, CISA, and FBI detail Chinese State-Sponsored Actions, Mitigations (NSA; direct to advisory)

7/20 - Former Advisor to Presidential Candidate [Donald Trump] Among Three Defendants Charged with Acting as Agents of a Foreign Government (DOJ)

7/20 - U.S. Department of Education issues a Questions and Answers resource and related Appendix on the Title IX Regulations on Sexual Harassment, as well as the Transcript of the June 2021 Virtual Public Hearing on Title IX (ED OCR; direct to Q&A/appendix)

7/20 - U.S. Bioenergy Statistics (ERS)

7/20 - Monthly Ocean Heat Content and Temperature Anomalies Released (NCEI)

7/20 - Forensic Science Organization to Draft Standards for Sexual Assault Examinations (NIST)

7/20 - PRC Issues Advisory Opinion on Postal Service Plan to Implement Service Standards Changes Associated with First-Class Mail and Periodicals (PRC; direct to opinion)

7/20 - The Path to Achieving Justice40 (WH; direct to interim guidance)

7/21 - Attorney General Garland Memorandum on Justice Department Communications with the White House (DOJ; direct to memo; see also, White House related memo)

7/21 - EPA Releases Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN) Web Tool to Help Monitor Water Quality (EPA; direct to website)

7/21 - FTC to Ramp Up Law Enforcement Against Illegal Repair Restrictions (FTC)

7/21 - New NOAA Climate Council to enhance delivery of climate science and services (NOAA)

7/21 - 2021 Investment Climate Statements Released (State; direct to reports page)

7/23 - Library of Congress Offers Grants to Support Contemporary Cultural Field Research within Diverse Communities (LOC)

7/23 - U.S.-Europe Communiqué on Afghanistan and Peace Efforts (State)

7/23 - U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Expresses Concern Over Spike in Anti Semitism in the United States Surrounding the Outbreak of Violence Between Israel and Hamas in May 2021 (USCCR)

Bills Signed into Law: July 17 - July 23

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.

7/22 - H.R.1652 VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 - directs revenues collected from deferred prosecution and non-prosecution agreements to be deposited into the Crime Victims Fund instead of, as currently, into the Treasury general fund

Miscellaneous : July 17 - July 23

7/19 - Biden Is Reviving An Effort To Change How The Census Asks About Race And Ethnicity (via NPR, with links to source documents)

7/20 - Watching The Watchmen [re: plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer] (via BuzzFeed News, with source documents)

7/22 - Details on F.B.I. Inquiry Into Kavanaugh Draw Fire From Democrats (via New York Times; see also, letters from FBI to Senators and from Senators to FBI and statement from Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys)

7/22 - Records Concerning Three Surveillance Laws and Department's Response to a July 21, 2021 Congressional Letter, Interim Response, October 29, 2020 (DOJ FOIA)