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U.S. Government Information: WR 07/25/20

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 25 - July 31

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

7/27 - Commerce Department Files Petition to Clarify Liability Protections for Online Platforms and Protect Against Censorship (DOC; see also, statements by FCC Commissioners Carr, Rosenworcel, and Starks)

7/27 - FBI Releases 2019 Participation Data for the National Use-of-Force Data Collection (FBI)

7/27 - Federal Bureau of Investigation Oklahoma City Field Office's Statement Regarding Cases Affected by the Supreme Court’s Ruling in McGirt V. Oklahoma (FBI)

7/27 - NIST Launches Investigation of Face Masks’ Effect on Face Recognition Software (NIST)

7/27 - Mars 2020 Mission to be Guided by USGS Astrogeology Maps (USGS)

7/27 - Postmaster General statement on operational excellence and financial stability (USPS; see also, 7/31 - Peters, Klobuchar, Carper & Schumer Demand Answers from USPS on Reported Changes to Delivery Services )

7/28 - CMS Updates Data on COVID-19 Impacts on Medicare Beneficiaries (CMS)

7/28 - Department of Homeland Security Will Reject Initial Requests for DACA As It Weighs Future of the Program (DHS; see also, Nadler & Lofgren Statement on Trump Administration Decision to Halt New DACA Applications)

7/28 - NOAA Fisheries releases 2019 Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries (NOAA; direct to report)

7/29 - The Trump Administration proposes updates to oil and gas regulations (BLM)

7/29 - DOD Proposes Removing More than 11,000 Troops From Germany (DOD; see also, Smith Statement on Proposed Troop Reposition and Drawdown in Germany)

7/29 - Office for Civil Rights Delivers Annual Report to Congress Highlighting Major Milestones and Achievements in Protecting Students' Rights (ED; direct to report)

7/29 - EPA Finalizes Revisions to the Coal Ash Closure Regulations, Increases Public Access to Information (EPA)

7/29 - SNAP Benefits to Increase in Fiscal Year 2021 (FNS; see also, Fudge Condemns Senate, White House for Abandoning Hungry Families)

7/29 - HHS Secretary’s Report Calls for Congressional Action to Combat Surprise Billing and Promote Price Transparency (HHS)

7/29 - Environmental Data for Infectious Disease Research (NCEI)

7/29 - Release of the JUST Act Report (State; direct to report)

7/29 - Treasury and United States Postal Service Reach Agreement on Terms of CARES Act Loan (Treas; see also, Peters, Carper, Maloney & Connolly Question Terms of Treasury Loan to Postal Service)

7/30 - Gross Domestic Product, 2nd Quarter 2020 (Advance Estimate) and Annual Update (BEA)

7/31 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries Propose Regulatory Definition of Habitat Under Endangered Species Act (FWS; see also, Chair Grijalva on Trump Admin’s New Endangered Species Act Standard: If This Had Been in Place Fifty Years Ago, Bald Eagles Wouldn’t Be Around)

7/31 - USCIS Adjusts Fees to Help Meet Operational Needs (USCIS; see also, VOA article)

Bills Signed into Law: July 25 - July 31

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.

- none this week