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U.S. Government Information: WR 9/18/21

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: Sept 18 - Sept 24

9/20 - U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo Announces New Data Strategy to Enhance Equitable Economic Growth, Spur Good-Paying Jobs for All Americans (DOC; direct to strategy)

9/20 -Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the 10th Anniversary of the Repeal of ''Don't Ask, Don’t Tell'' (DOD; see also, Takano, Pappas Statement on New VA Directive to Provide Unfairly Denied Benefits to LGBTQ+ Veterans)

9/20 - Biden-Harris Administration Launches House America Initiative to Address Homelessness Crisis (HUD; direct to website)

9/20 - Announcing $15.5 Million in Grants to "Save America's Treasures" (IMLS)

9/20 - Students’ Internet Access Before and During the Coronavirus Pandemic by Household Socioeconomic Status (NCES)

9/20 - Transmission of the President’s Report to Congress on the Proposed Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2022 (State; direct to report)

9/21 - CMS Launches New Tool to Compare Nursing Home Vaccination Rates (CMS)

9/21 - Treasury Takes Robust Actions to Counter Ransomware (Treas)

9/22 - Commencing Department of Defense Actions and Implementation to Address Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the Military. Independent Review Commission Recommendation-Implementation Roadmap (DOD; direct to memo)

9/22 - FDA Authorizes Booster Dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Certain Populations (FDA; see also, CDC Statement on ACIP Booster Recommendations and ACIP meeting presentation materials)

9/22 - USDA to host special virtual data users’ meeting to gather public input on statistical programs (NASS)

9/22 - President Biden Announces Members of President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (WH)

9/23 - CFPB Report: Consumer Complaint Submission Patterns Vary by Demographic Characteristics of Census Tract (CFPB; direct to report)

9/23 - U.S. Will Dramatically Cut Climate-Damaging Greenhouse Gases with New Program Aimed at Chemicals Used in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration (EPA; direct to final rule page)

9/23 - New eCFR Website (GPO)

9/23 - Upcoming US Law Webinars – October 2021 (LOC)

9/23 - Fossilized Footprints Reveal Human Habitation of North America Thousands of Years Earlier than Previously Thought (USGS)

9/24 - Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas re: Haitian migrants (WH; see also, Meeks Issues Statement on Resignation of Special Envoy for Haiti)

Bills Signed into Law: Sept 18 - Sept 24

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.

9/24 - S. 272 Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act of 2021 - requires that agency budget justification materials be made publicly available online (via White House;  not yet on