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U.S. Government Information: WR 8/14/21

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 14 - Aug 20

8/16 - U.S. Election Assistance Commission Releases 2020 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAC; direct to report page)

8/16 - Education, Labor Departments Renew Efforts to Help Unemployed Americans Pursue Postsecondary Education (ED; direct to guidance)

8/16 - FEMA Launches National Risk Index Update (FEMA; direct to website)

8/16 - NASA Unveils New Interactive Website Ahead of Landsat 9 Launch (NASA; direct to website)

8/16 - Reclamation announces 2022 operating conditions for Lake Powell and Lake Mead (USBR; direct to report page)

8/16 - USDA Modernizes the Thrifty Food Plan, Updates SNAP Benefits (USDA; direct to report page)

8/17 - NEH Announces $28.4 Million for 239 Humanities Projects Nationwide (NEH)

8/18 - CDC Stands Up New Disease Forecasting Center (CDC)

8/18 - Joint Statement from HHS Public Health and Medical Experts on COVID-19 Booster Shots (CDC)

8/18 - Census Bureau Begins Data Collection for New Institute of Education Sciences School Pulse Panel Survey (Census; direct to SPP website)

8/18 - Justice Department and DHS Publish Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Make Asylum Process More Efficient and Ensure Fairness (DOJ; see also, proposed rule)

8/18 - EPA Takes Action to Address Risk from Chlorpyrifos and Protect Children’s Health (EPA; direct to prepub final rule)

8/18 - Department of State Announces Online Publication of 2020 Digest of United States Practice in International Law  (State; direct to report page)

8/19 - FAA Fines Against Unruly Passengers Reach $1M (FAA)

8/19 - USCP Arrests Bomb Threat Suspect, Clears Vehicle (USCP)

8/20 - Smithsonian Names Members of the American Women’s History Museum Advisory Council (SI)

8/20 - Joint Statement by The NATO Foreign Ministers on Afghanistan (State)

Bills Signed into Law: Aug 14 - Aug 20

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

Congressional Budget Office / Congressional Research Service / Government Accountability Office : Aug 14 - Aug 20

Congressional Hearings: Aug 14 - Aug 20

See full weekly list of hearings on

8/16 - Oversight of the Voting Rights Act: Potential Legislative Reforms (House Judiciary)