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U.S. Government Information: WR 08/15/20

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 15 - Aug 21

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

8/17 - DHS rebukes GAO’s deeply flawed attempt to revive its partisan impeachment efforts with baseless report (DHS; see also, GAO’s 8/21 Reconsideration—Legality of Service of Acting Secretary of Homeland Security and Service of Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security)

8/17 - Secretary Bernhardt Signs Decision to Implement the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program in Alaska re: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (DOI)

8/17 - Interagency Issues Advisory on Use of Technology to Detect and Mitigate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (DOJ)

8/18 - Secretary Bernhardt Announces Historic Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on Public Lands (DOI)

8/18 - HHS Releases Healthy People 2030 with National Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Objectives for the Next Decade (HHS; direct to website)

8/18 - Second Review of the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy (State, with link to review document; see also, CRS report Abortion and Family Planning-Related Provisions in U.S. Foreign Assistance Law and Policy”)

8/18 - Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Statement (USPS)

8/19 - CDC data show disproportionate COVID-19 impact in American Indian/Alaska Native populations (CDC)

8/20 - Small Business Pulse Survey Phase 2 Weekly Data Release (Census)

8/20 - Leaders Of ‘We Build The Wall’ Online Fundraising Campaign Charged With Defrauding Hundreds Of Thousands Of Donors (DOJ)

8/21 - Over 73% of Housing Units Counted So Far in 2020 Census (Census; see also, response rates by geographic area)

8/21 - Secretary DeVos Fully Implements President Trump's Presidential Memorandum Extending Student Loan Relief to Borrowers Through End of Year (ED)

8/21 - Treasury Releases United States Postal Service Fact Sheet (Treas; see also, Senate HSGAC hearing: Examining the Finances and Operations of the United States Postal Service During COVID-19 and Upcoming Elections)

Miscellaneous : Aug 15 - Aug 21

8/17 - Judge Blocks The Trump Administration's Effort To Roll Back Transgender Healthcare Protections (Courts, via BuzzFeed; includes source document; see also, Pelosi Statement on District Court Victory for LGBTQ Americans)

8/17 – Postmaster General testifies about changes to postal operations with Senate HSGAC Committee on 8/21 and with House Oversight Committee on 8/24 (Congress)

8/17 - Wyden Sounds Alarm on FBI Again Violating Policy to Damage Democratic Presidential Candidate (Congress)

8/17 – Washington State AG files federal lawsuits against three agencies for failing to produce records related to National Archives in Seattle (via Washington AG, with links to source documents for NARA, OMB, and GSA)

8/18 - Senate Intel Releases Volume 5 of Bipartisan Russia Report (Congress; see also, Chairman Schiff Statement on Senate Intelligence Committee Trump-Russia Report on Counterintelligence Vulnerabilities)

8/18 - Revisions to the Governmentwide Systems of Records Covering Ethics Records (OGE)

8/19 – Trump administration bars FDA from regulating some laboratory tests, including for coronavirus (via Washington Post, with link to HHS announcement)

8/19 - Academic Institutions Subcommittee Tasking Memo re: advice and recommendations on matters related to homeland security and the academic community (DHS HSAC)

8/19 - Final Report of the Emerging Technologies Subcommittee - Biotechnology (DHS HSAC)

8/19 - Subcommittee Requests Trump Administration Reverse LGBTQ+ Discrimination Policies in Light of Bostock v. Clayton County (Congress)

8/20 - Warren Requests CARES Act Oversight Committee Investigate Trump Administration's Decision to Award Kodak a $765 Million Contract as Part of COVID-19 Response (Congress)

8/21 - Appeals court backs greater disclosure of 'dark money' donors (Courts, via Politico; with link to source document)

Bills Signed into Law: Aug 15 - Aug 21

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