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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7/27 - New Report Releases Data on Postsecondary Tuition, Fees and Degrees (NCES; direct to report page)
7/27 - An Update from the Equitable Data Working Group (WH)
7/28 - International Food Security Assessment, 2021-31 (ERS)
7/29 - U.S. Census Bureau Statement on Differences Between 2020 Census and American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates (Census; see also, Census Bureau Announces Changes for 2020 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates)
7/30 - Statement from CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH on Today’s MMWR (CDC; direct to MMWR; see also, internal CDC document on breakthrough infections via Washington Post)
7/30 - National Archives Seeks Feedback on Draft Strategic Plan (NARA; direct to plan page)
7/30 - NASA Statement on GAO Ruling Regarding Human Landing System Protest (NASA; direct to GAO statement)
7/30 - Russian Government Actions Impacting U.S. Mission Russia (State)
Information below is from congress.gov. Date listed is date signed into law, and the description is an abbreviated version of bill summary available on that website.
7/26 - H.R.26 Construction Consensus Procurement Improvement Act of 2021 - prohibits the federal government from using reverse auctions for complex, specialized, or substantial design and construction services
7/29 - S.957 DUMP Opioids Act - requires the VA to designate periods during which any individual may dispose of controlled substances medications at VA medical facilities with an on-site pharmacy or a physical location dedicated for law enforcement purposes
7/30 - H.R. 3237 Emergency Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 - provides additional fiscal year (FY) 2021 emergency funding to address the aftermath of the January 6 insurrection, needs arising from the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, and expenses incurred on the Capitol complex as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic (info via White House; not yet on congress.gov)
7/28 - Report of Investigation - Postmaster General Louis DeJoy (USPS)
7/28 - The Post-Pandemic Labor Market and Rising Inflation (CRS)
7/28 - The Justice Department Puts States On Notice About Election Audits And Voting Changes (via NPR, with links to source documents)
7/29 - Biden Announces Vaccine-or-Masks Mandate for Feds, Some Contractors (via GovExec, with link to source document)
7/30 - The Justice Department Is Revisiting Its Sexual Harassment Policies (via BuzzFeed News; see also, DAG Monaco’s memo)
7/30 - Trump Pressed Justice Dept. to Declare Election Results Corrupt, Notes Show (via New York Times; see also, House Oversight chair’s statement with source documents)
See full weekly list of hearings on congress.gov.
7/27 - The Law Enforcement Experience on January 6th (House January 6th)
7/27 - Defending the U.S. Electric Grid Against Cyber Threats (House Oversight)
7/27 - Protecting Student Loan Borrowers and the Economy in Upcoming Transitions (Senate Banking)
7/28 - Election Subversion: A Growing Threat to Electoral Integrity (House Administration)