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U.S. Government Information: WR 8/28/21

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 28 - Sept 3

8/29 - DHS to Serve as Lead Federal Agency Coordinating Efforts to Resettle Vulnerable Afghans (DHS; see also, 9/3 Fact Sheet on Operation Allies Welcome)

8/30 - Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Opens Investigations in Five States Regarding Prohibitions of Universal Indoor Masking (ED)

8/30 - FBI Releases 2020 Hate Crime Statistics (FBI; direct to data explorer; see also, AG statement)

8/30 - Interior Announces Largest Expansion of Fishing and Hunting on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Managed Lands and Waters (FWS)

8/30 - HHS Establishes Office of Climate Change and Health Equity (HHS)

8/31 - Copyright Office Releases Report on Sovereign Immunity in Copyright Infringement Cases (Copyright; direct to report page)

8/31 - US Department of Labor announces establishment of office to modernize, reform states’ unemployment insurance systems (DOL)

8/31 - U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports (Treas; direct to report page)

9/1 - Justice Department Issues Guidance on Federal Statutes Regarding Redistricting and Methods for Electing Public Officials (DOJ; direct to guidance)

9/1 - FAA Releases Data Showing Trends in Dangerous Laser Strikes (FAA; direct to data visualization)

9/1 - FTC Bans SpyFone and CEO from Surveillance Business and Orders Company to Delete All Secretly Stolen Data (FTC)

9/1 - Library of Congress Releases Data for Free Download and Discovery (LOC)

9/1 - Increased Pumping in California’s Central Valley During Drought Worsens Groundwater Quality (USGS; direct to OA article)

9/2 - Migration Flows Data Available for Counties, MSAs and MCDs (Census)

9/2 - Initial DOD Advisory Committees Approved for Resumption of Operations (DOD)

9/2 - EPA Report Shows Disproportionate Impacts of Climate Change on Socially Vulnerable Populations in the United States (EPA; direct to report page)

9/3 - U.S. Department of Commerce Accepts Findings and Recommendations from Investigations and Threat Management Service Review (DOC; direct to report; for background, see Wicker Releases Committee Report Revealing Abuse at the Commerce Department from 7/13/21)

9/3 - Department of Defense Disestablishes Chief Management Office (DOD; direct to memo)

9/3 - Picture This: A National Climate Change Viewer that Helps Land Managers and Decision Makers Plan for Climate Change (USGS; direct to viewer)

Bills Signed into Law: Aug 28 - Sept 3

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.

8/31 - H.R.5085 Emergency Repatriation Assistance for Returning Americans Act - amends the Social Security Act to provide authority for increased payments for temporary assistance to U.S. citizens returned from foreign countries

Congressional Hearings: Aug 28 - Sept 3