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U.S. Government Information: WR 09/12/20

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 : Sept 12 - Sept 18

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

9/14 - EPA finalizes first ever rule to promote transparency in developing regulatory guidance documents (EPA)

9/14 - Treasury Releases Report on National Financial Literacy Strategy (Treas; direct to report)

9/15 - CDC Releases Indicators for Dynamic School Decision-Making (CDC)

9/15 - Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States (Census)

9/15 - Overview of Preliminary Uniform Crime Report, January–June, 2020 (FBI)

9/15 - WTO Report on US Action Against China Shows Necessity for Reform (USTR; see also, WTO report)

9/16 - The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service invite the public to participate in online meeting of the Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee (BLM)

9/16 - 2019 American Housing Survey Data Now Available (Census)

9/16 - DHS Provides $10 Million to Local Communities to Prevent Targeted Violence and Terrorism (DHS)

9/16 - Cuccinelli Condemns House Homeland Security Committee Majority for Ignoring Worldwide Threats (DHS; see also, House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Worldwide Threats to the Homeland)

9/16 - DNI Ratcliffe Statement on Election Threat Updates to Congress (DNI; see also, Chairman Schiff Statement on Election Security Briefings)

9/16 - Remarks by Attorney General William P. Barr at Hillsdale College Constitution Day Event (DOJ)

9/16 - On Presidential Revisions to the U.S. Marine Scientific Research Policy by the President of The United States (State)

9/17 - ODNI Implements Organizational Realignment to Increase Effectiveness (ODNI)

9/17 - FCC Accomplishments Under Chairman Ajit Pai Through September 2020 (FCC)

9/17 - Commission Releases Report - Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities (USCCR; direct to report)

9/17 - New CDC data finds adult obesity is increasing (CDC)

9/17 - ​U.S. Department of Energy Announces Establishment of Office of Arctic Energy (DOE)

9/17 - 2019 American Community Survey Single-Year Estimates (Census)

9/18 - Commerce Department Prohibits WeChat and TikTok Transactions to Protect the National Security of the United States (DOC; see also, 9/19 follow-up statement)

9/18 - Statistical Summary of 18-Month Campaign Activity of the 2019-2020 Election Cycle (FEC)

9/18 - USCIS Implements New Law Related to Citizenship for Children of Military Members and U.S. Government Employees Stationed Overseas (USCIS)

Bills Signed into Law: Sept 12 - Sept 18

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

Miscellaneous : Sept 12 - Sept 18

9/14 - Select Subcommittee Launches Investigation Into Political Interference in CDC Scientific Reports on Coronavirus (Congress; see also, Chair Clyburn Issues Statement on Senior Trump Administration Officials Leaving Roles at HHS and Michael Caputo’s Facebook video via YahooNews)

9/14 - Chair Grijalva Leads 61 House Democrats Calling for Trump Admin Suspension of Regulatory Rollbacks That Threaten Health and Environmental Safety (Congress)

9/15 - Chair Grijalva, Rep. Huffman Seek Explanation From NOAA Following Political Hire of Climate Denier David Legates to Leadership Role (Congress)

9/16 - Peters Releases New Investigative Report Detailing Harmful Impacts of Nationwide Mail Delays following Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s Reckless Changes to the Postal Service (Congress)

9/16 - 173 Members of Congress Urge DHS Inspector General to Open Investigation Into Whistleblower Allegations Regarding High Rates of Hysterectomies Being Performed on Immigrant Women (Congress; see also, ICE statement via @Haleaziz on Twitter)

9/17 - Census Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting: September 17–18, 2020 (Census; see also, committee recommendations to the Census Bureau via @hansilowang on Twitter)

9/17 – Federal judge blocks USPS implementation or enforcement of policy changes announced by Postmaster General DeJoy, ruling that "at the heart of DeJoy’s & the Postal Service’s actions is voter disenfranchisement"  (Courts)

9/18 - House Chairs Demand Emergency Inspector General Investigation Into AG Barr's Efforts to Improperly Influence November Presidential Election (Congress)

9/18 - Press release on the death of Justice Ginsburg (Courts; see also, statements from Supreme Court justices)