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U.S. Government Information: WR 9/25/21

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 25 - Oct 1

9/27 - DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth (DEA)

9/27 - DHS to Publish Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on DACA (DHS; direct to NPRM)

9/27 - FBI Releases 2020 Crime Statistics (FBI; direct to data explorer)

9/27 - On the State Department’s Creation of a Public Webpage Dedicated to Data-Informed Diplomacy (State; direct to website; see also, The Department Unveils its First-Ever Enterprise Data Strategy)

9/28 - Census Bureau Releases New Community Resilience Estimates Data Equity (Census; direct to data files)

9/28 - Interior Department Withdraws Trump-Era Fossil Fuel Valuation and Civil Penalty Rule (DOI)

9/28 - Statistical Summary of Six-Month Campaign Activity of the 2021-2022 Election Cycle (FEC)

9/28 - Law Library of Congress and Government Publishing Office Digitize Records of Congress, Release First Selected Volumes Online (LOC; direct to website)

9/28 - PIDB Submits Letter to President Biden Supporting Transparency in Public Release of JFK Assassination Records (NARA)

9/29 - DHS Announces Continued Efforts, Outlines Steps Taken to Address Best Practices in Law Enforcement Efforts (DHS; see also, Chairman Thompson Statement on DHS Creating New Law Enforcement Oversight Body)

9/29 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Delisting 23 Species from Endangered Species Act Due to Extinction (DOI)

9/29 - Interior Department Ensures Migratory Bird Treaty Act Works for Birds and People (DOI; direct to regulations page)

9/29 - US Department of Labor releases annual report on worst forms of child labor, new tool to track illicitly made goods, updates on apps to combat abuses (DOL; direct to report page and trade tool)

9/29 - NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo Issues Memo on Employee Status of Players at Academic Institutions (NLRB; direct to memo)

9/30 - Secretary Mayorkas Announces New Immigration Enforcement Priorities (DHS; direct to guidelines)

9/30 - Department of Defense Releases Calendar Year 2020 Annual Suicide Report (DOD; direct to report page; see also, DOD Secretary statement)

9/30 - EPA Releases Report Comparing Air Quality and Public Health Impacts from Prescribed Fire and Wildfire Smoke (EPA; direct to report page)

9/30 - OCR Issues Guidance on HIPAA, COVID-19 Vaccinations, and the Workplace (HHS; direct to guidance)

10/1 - EPA Releases Draft Strategic Plan to Address Climate Change and Advance Environmental Justice and Equity (EPA; direct to draft plan page)

10/1 - FCC Supports Broadband for Tribal Libraries Through E-Rate (FCC)

Bills Signed into Law: Sept 25 - Oct 1

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.

9/30 - H.R.5305 Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act - provides continuing FY2022 appropriations to federal agencies through the earlier of December 3, 2021, or the enactment of the applicable appropriations act (see also, President Biden statement)