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U.S. Government Information: WR 8/7/21

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: Aug 7 - Aug 13

8/9 - New Interpretation to Encourage State Collaboration on Student Loan Servicing (ED; see also, House Education chair statement)

8/9 - IMLS Awards More Than 200 Grants to Help Museums Meet Community Needs (IMLS)

8/9 - NASA, International Panel Provide a New Window on Rising Seas (NASA; direct to tool)

8/9 - OSC Announces Settlement Agreement Between HHS and Former BARDA Director Dr. Rick Bright After his Reassignment (OSC)

8/9 - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group I Contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report (State; direct to IPCC report page; see also, NOAA Administrator statement)

8/10 - Census Bureau Releases Latest Data on Community Resilience (Census; direct to data page)

8/10 - EIA expects 7% increase in U.S. energy-sector carbon dioxide emissions as economic activity increases during 2021 (EIA; direct to report page)

8/10 - U.S. Postal Service Announces Proposed Temporary Rate Adjustments for 2021 Peak Holiday Season (USPS)

8/11 - Provisional Drug Overdose Death Counts (CDC; see also, ONDCP Acting Director statement via @dvergano on Twitter)

8/11 - U.S. Maintains Afghan Support as Security Situation Deteriorates (DOD; see also, Troops En Route to Afghanistan Aim to Help Remove Civilians, Pentagon Official Says)

8/11 - ICE announces updated policy to support noncitizen victims of crime (ICE; direct to policy)

8/11 - What is the Constitution Annotated? (LOC)

8/12 - 2020 Census Statistics Highlight Local Population Changes and Nation’s Racial and Ethnic Diversity (Census; see also, 2020 Census Redistricting Data Files Press Kit)

8/12 - Librarian of Congress Announces Three Executive Appointments (LOC)

8/12 - NOAA takes strong stand against IUU fishing and harmful fishing practices (NOAA; direct to report)

8/12 - SSA to Allow Widowed Spouses to Refile Survivor Benefits Claims, Seek Millions in Reimbursement, after Failing to Inform Them of Options (OSC; direct to letter and audit report)

8/12 - Smithsonian Launches “Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past” With a Virtual Forum (SI)

8/13 - DHS Issues New National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin (DHS; direct to bulletin)

8/13 - Trade at the Local Level: 2020 Metropolitan Export Data Now Available (DOC)

8/13 - U.S. Department of Education Sends Letter to Superintendents Announcing the Administration of the Civil Rights Data Collection for the 2021-22 School Year (ED; direct to letter)

8/13 - EPA Announces Resources to Help Partners Better Address Nutrient Pollution Affecting Waters (EPA)

Bills Signed into Law: Aug 7 - Aug 13

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

Miscellaneous : Aug 7 - Aug 13

8/9 - U.S. Signals It Will Release Some Still-Secret Files on Saudi Arabia and 9/11 (via New York Times, with source document; see also, President Biden statement)

8/11 - Secret IRS Files Reveal How Much the Ultrawealthy Gained by Shaping Trump’s “Big, Beautiful Tax Cut” (via ProPublica, with source documents)

8/13 - Letters to Texas and Florida on protecting the health and safety of K-12 students (ED OESE)

Congressional Hearings: Aug 7 - Aug 13

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8/10 - U.S. Security Assistance in the Middle East (Senate Foreign Relations)