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U.S. Government Information: WR 08/01/20

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 : Aug 1 - Aug 7

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

8/3 - Statement: Delivering a Complete and Accurate 2020 Census Count (Census; see also, Oversight Chair Denounces Partisan Manipulation of the 2020 Census)

8/3 - Statement of Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers on the Public Release of the Department’s Findings with Respect to the 29 FISA Applications that Were the Subject of the March 2020 OIG Preliminary Report (DOJ)

8/4 - CDC Expects 2020 Outbreak of Life-Threatening Acute Flaccid Myelitis (CDC)

8/4 - How Mobile Device Users Can Limit Their Location Data Exposure (NSA)

8/5 - Reward Offer for Information on Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections (State)

8/5 - Report to the Secretary of the Treasury from the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (Treas)

8/5 - U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Celebrates 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Releases Expert Testimony for Upcoming Project (USCCR; direct to testimony)

8/6 - Submitted Written Testimony Of Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf Before The U.S. Senate Committee On Homeland Security And Governmental Affairs (DHS; see also, Congressional hearing)

8/6 - 'Extremely active' hurricane season possible for Atlantic Basin (NOAA)

8/6 - Secret Service releases annual report on mass attacks in public spaces (USSS; direct to report)

8/7 - Employment Situation (BLS)

8/7 - Statement by NCSC Director William Evanina: Election Threat Update for the American Public (DNI; see also, Pelosi, Schiff Statement Following ODNI Announcement Regarding Election Security and Foreign Threats)

8/7 - Trump Administration Proposes to Obtain a Fair Return for America’s Mineral Resources (DOI)

8/7 - U.S. Department of Education Reaffirms Commitment to Protecting the Religious Liberty of Students and Religious Organizations (ED; see also, new guidance)

8/7 - FCC Seeks to Reduce Rates and Charges for Inmate Calling Services (FCC)

8/7 - Postmaster General Louis DeJoy modifies organizational structure to support USPS mission (USPS; see also, Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer Send New Letter to Postmaster DeJoy Calling for Immediate Reversal of Recent Postal Service Changes That Threaten Timely Mail Delivery for Millions and Warren, Maloney, Carper, Peters & Colleagues Call for Inspector General to Investigate Postal Service Policy Changes and Delivery Delays)

Bills Signed into Law: Aug 1 - Aug 7

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.

8/3 -  S.4209 — Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act of 2020 (permits certain governmental entities, federally recognized tribes, and nonprofit organizations to make up front payments of 50% of unemployment benefits into the state Unemployment Trust Fund (in lieu of contributions) to be used exclusively to reduce such payments resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic)

8/4 - H.R.1957 — Great American Outdoors Act (establishes the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund to support deferred maintenance projects on federal lands)