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U.S. Government Information: WR 07/31/21

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 31 - Aug 6

8/2 - BLM prepares for emergency action to save drought-stricken wild horses and burros on public lands (BLM)

8/2 - U.S. Department of Education Releases “Return to School Roadmap” to Support Students, Schools, Educators, and Communities in Preparing for the 2021-2022 School Year (ED; direct to roadmap)

8/2 - U.S. Refugee Admissions Program Priority 2 Designation for Afghan Nationals (State)

8/2 - When Unchecked, Free-Roaming Horse Populations Threaten Greater Sage-Grouse (USGS; direct to OA article)

8/3 - CDC Issues Eviction Moratorium Order in Areas of Substantial and High Transmission (CDC; direct to order page)

8/3 - Pentagon 'Safe, Secure' Following Attack (DOD)

8/3 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes to List the Emperor Penguin as Threatened Under the Endangered Species Act (FWS)

8/3 - Library of Congress to Host Public Forum (LOC)

8/4 - Measuring Racial and Ethnic Diversity for the 2020 Census (Census)

8/4 - Updating the Political Rules NPRM (FCC)

8/4 - The Women’s Suffrage Centennial: Impact and Legacy  (NARA)

8/5 - CISA Launches New Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (CISA)

8/5 - Annual Report on Civilian Casualties in Connection With United States Military Operations With Addendum (DOD)

8/5 - Justice Department Announces Investigation of the City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Police Department (DOJ)

8/5 - USDOT Proposes Improved Fuel Economy Standards for MY 2024-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks (DOT)

8/5 - EPA to Overhaul Pollution Standards for Passenger Vehicles and Heavy-Duty Trucks, Paving Way for Zero-Emission Future (EPA)

8/5 - Smithsonian Science Education Center, With Support of the World Health Organization, Launches Vaccine Guide for Youth (SI; direct to guide)

8/5 - Safe Haven for Hong Kongers (State)

8/5 - USCIS Removes Barriers to U.S. Citizenship for Children Born Abroad Through Assisted Reproductive Technology (USCIS; direct to policy alert)

8/6 - Statement by US Secretary of Labor Walsh on the July Jobs Report (DOL; direct to report)

8/6 - Biden Administration Extends Student Loan Pause Until January 31, 2022 (ED)

8/6 - New Negotiated Rulemaking Committee to Focus on Student Loans, Targeted Discharge and Forgiveness Authorities (ED)

8/6 - FCC Launches New Mobile Broadband Map (FCC; direct to map)

Bills Signed into Law: July 31 - Aug 6

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.

8/5 - H.R.3325 To award four congressional gold medals to the United States Capitol Police and those who protected the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 - provides for the award of Congressional Gold Medals to the U.S. Capitol Police and the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department

8/6 - H.R.1002 DEBAR Act of 2021 - authorizes the DEA to bar an entity from registering to manufacture, distribute, or dispense controlled substances under certain circumstances