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U.S. Government Information: WR 8/20/22

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 20 - Aug 26

8/22 - Webb’s Jupiter Images Showcase Auroras, Hazes (NASA)

8/22 - Statement by Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. [announcing retirement] (NIH; see also, president’s statement)

8/23 - New OMB Analysis: The Inflation Reduction Act Will Significantly Cut the Social Costs of Climate Change (OMB; direct to report)

8/23 - The 2023 Mid-Session Review (OMB; direct to report)

8/24 - DHS Issues Regulation to Preserve and Fortify DACA (DHS; direct to final rule; see also, DACA website)

8/24 - Following HSAC Recommendation, DHS terminates Disinformation Governance Board (DHS; see also, 8/24 HSAC Disinformation Subcommittee Final Report)

8/24 - Fact Sheet: President Biden Announces Student Loan Relief for Borrowers Who Need It Most (WH; see also, ED press release, the WH PSLF website, OLC opinion, and CRS report)

8/25 - BLM and USDA Forest Service begin new land use planning process for Bears Ears National Monument (BLM; see also, Utah sues to stop restoration of boundaries at Bears Ears, Grand Staircase monuments via NPR)

8/25 - Census Bureau to Host Webinar on Release of 2021 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates (Census)

8/25 - Commerce Department Launches for CHIPS Program Implementation (DOC; direct to website)

8/25 - Civilian Harm Mitigation and Response Action Plan Fact Sheet (DOD; direct to action plan)

8/25 - Through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, 24 States Set to Begin Plugging Over 10,000 Orphaned Wells (DOI)

8/25 - Florida Residents Plead Guilty To Conspiracy To Commit Interstate Transportation Of Stolen Property [re: theft of Ashley Biden’s diary and sale to Project Veritas] (DOJ/USAO)

8/25 - EPA Report Highlights Significant Decline in Emissions, Improved Air Quality from Bipartisan Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (EPA; direct to report page)

8/25 - Rosenworcel Shares Mobile Carrier Responses to Data Privacy Probe (FCC)

8/25 - Breakthroughs for All: Delivering Equitable Access to America’s Research (WH/OSTP; direct to guidance; see also, NLM statement)

8/26 - EPA Proposes Designating Certain PFAS Chemicals as Hazardous Substances Under Superfund to Protect People’s Health (EPA; direct to NPRM)

8/26 - Library to Host Virtual Public Forum on Sept. 21 (LOC)

Bills Signed into Law : Aug 20 - Aug 26

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.

8/26 - S.4458, Ensuring the Best Schools for Veterans Act of 2022 - to improve the process by which the VA determines whether an educational institution meets requirements relating to the percentage of students who receive educational assistance

Miscellaneous : Aug 20 - Aug 26

8/22 - Life expectancy dropped in 2020 in every US state, mainly due to COVID: CDC (via ABC News, with link to source document)

8/23 - White House launches new war on secrecy (via Politico)

8/23 - IRS launches safety review after right-wing threats (via Washington Post)

8/24 - Recommendations and Comments to the U.S. Census Bureau from the National Advisory Committee 2021 Fall Meeting (Census NAC)

8/24 - Justice Department releases Mueller-era memo on Trump prosecution (via Politico, with source document; memo also posted in DOJ FOIA Library)

8/25 - Scanning students' rooms during remote tests is unconstitutional, judge rules (via NPR, with link to source document)

8/27 (time-sensitive) - Announcement that distribution of free COVID tests via USPS will be suspended as of 9/2 (; see also USPS site)

Trump search warrant:

8/22 - Docket for Trump v. United States, District Court, S.D. Florida (court documents via Court Listener)

8/22 - Trump files suit demanding special master in Mar-a-Lago search case (via Politico, with link to source document Trump motion)

8/23 - Documents recovered at Mar-a-Lago were among government's most classified, letter shows (via Politico, with link to source document – NARA letter; letter also posted in NARA’s FOIA reading room)

8/25 - What’s next in the fight over the Mar-a-Lago FBI search affidavit (via CNN, with link to source document – court order on motions to unseal)

8/26 - Trump Mar–a-Lago affidavit reveals ‘handwritten notes,’ highly classified material led to warrant request (via Politico, with source documents – affidavit and memorandum of law)

8/26 - Trump lawyers renew plea for outside supervision of Mar-a-Lago search trove (via Politico, with source document – Trump supplemental filing)

Congressional Hearings : Aug 20 - Aug 26