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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Note: statements concerning ongoing civil protests are being compiled on a separate guide
8/10 - International Food Security Assessment, 2020–30 (ERS)
8/11 - IG Confirms Emergency Arms Sales “Properly Executed” (State; see also, Engel Statement on OIG Report on Arms Sales)
8/11 - Justice Department Releases Report On Modernizing The Administrative Procedure Act (DOJ; direct to report)
8/11 - Introducing the Presidential Library Explorer (NARA)
8/12 - Trump Administration Continues to Improve Conservation of Western Big Game Species (DOI; direct to report)
8/13 - EPA Issues Final Policy and Technical Amendments to the New Source Performance Standards for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry (EPA; see also, Pallone: EPA’s Final Methane Rule Defies Both Science and Human Decency)
8/14 - Census Bureau Adapts Operations to Ensure Everyone Is Counted (Census)
8/11 - FEMA Told Congress It Had “Very Little Knowledge” About The Coronavirus Response Before March. New Documents Show It’s Been Deeply Involved Since The Beginning (via Buzzfeed, with source documents)
8/11 - Eagles And Mockingbirds Catch A Break As Judge Strikes Down Trump Bird Opinion (Courts, via NPR; includes source document)
8/14 - Federal Appeals Court Throws Out California Ban On Large-Capacity Gun Magazines (Courts, via NPR; includes source document)
8/14 - Appeals court nixes Hillary Clinton deposition on emails (Courts, via Politico; includes link to source document)
8/14 - Murray: Stalled Progress Indicated By Trump Administration’s Latest Demographic Data Report is Unacceptable (Congress, with link to data report)
8/11 - Alleged Interference in FOIA Litigation Process (DOI; see also, Wyden and Grijalva on New Interior Inspector General Report: Officials “Orchestrated A Cover-up To Protect Secretary Bernhardt During His Confirmation”)
Most OIG Semiannual Reports (SARs) for Spring 2020 have been released, though a few remain outstanding. If interested, you can click here to track which ones are available.
8/10 - Understanding the Second-Quarter Fall in GDP (CRS)
8/13 - Sequestration Update Report: August 2020 (CBO)
8/14 - Department of Homeland Security—Legality of Service of Acting Secretary of Homeland Security and Service of Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (GAO; see also, Thompson and Maloney Release GAO Decision Confirming Trump’s Top DHS Appointments Were Illegal)
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.
8/14 - S.3637 A bill to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to extend lease protections for servicemembers under stop movement orders in response to a local, national, or global emergency, and for other purposes
8/14 - S.3607 Safeguarding America's First Responders Act of 2020 (extends death and disability benefits under the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program (PSOB) to public safety officers (e.g., law enforcement officers) and survivors of public safety officers who die or become injured as a result of COVID-19)
8/14 - S.2163 Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act (establishes the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys within the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to conduct a systematic study of the conditions affecting black men and boys)