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U.S. Government Information: WR 09/26/20

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 26 - Oct 2

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

9/28 - 2020 Census Update (Census)

9/28 - FBI Releases 2019 Crime Statistics (FBI; direct to report)

9/28 - Release of Annual Records Management Report (NARA; direct to report)

9/28 - Department of State Announces Online Publication of 2019 Digest of United States Practice in International Law  (State; direct to report)

9/28 - VA completes digitization of archived Vietnam-era deck logs (VA)

9/29 - Global Health Security Agenda Annual Report (State; direct to report)

9/30 - U.S. Department of Labor Releases Reports on International Child Labor And Forced Labor that Highlight China’s Labor Abuses (DOL; direct to  List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor and to Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor)

9/30 - EPA Approves Innovative Products to Aid in Wildfire Management (EPA)

9/30 - FBI and NCSC Release New Movie to Increase Awareness of Foreign Intelligence Threats on Professional Networking Sites and Other Social Media Platforms (FBI)

9/30 - Release of U.S. Department of State Guidance on Implementing the UN Guiding Principles for Transactions Linked to Foreign Government End-Users for Products or Services with Surveillance Capabilities (State; direct to guidance)

9/30 - Transmission of the President’s Report to Congress on the Proposed Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2021 (State)

9/30 - USCIS Response to Preliminary Injunction of Fee Rule (USCIS; see also, Judge Blocks Huge Immigration and Citizenship Fee Hike via Courthouse News, with link to court opinion)

10/1 - State and Local Government Finances Summary Report (Census)

10/1 - Department of Defense Releases Second Annual Suicide Report (DOD; direct to report and fact sheet)

10/1 - United States Obtains Final Judgement and Permanent Injunction Against Edward Snowden (DOJ)

10/1 - Department Launches 2021-22 FAFSA Cycle (ED)

10/1 - EPA Encourages Innovation, Levels the Playing Field for Sources that Are Reducing Hazardous Air Emissions (EPA; see also, Carper Slams EPA Rollback That Allows Industry to Relax Air Toxic Pollution Controls)

10/1 - Foreign Actors Likely to Use Online Journals to Spread Disinformation Regarding 2020 Elections (FBI/CISA)

10/1 - Treasury Department Issues Ransomware Advisories to Increase Awareness and Thwart Attacks (Treas)

10/2 - Census Bureau Statement on Oct. 1 Court Ruling (Census, with links to Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 court decisions; see also, Oversight Committee Chair’s statement, with links to source documents; related source documents also available via Hansi Wang's NPR DocumentCloud)

10/2 - ICE launches billboards in Pennsylvania featuring at-large public safety threats (ICE)

10/2 - USCIS Issues Policy Guidance Regarding Inadmissibility Based on Membership in a Totalitarian Party (USCIS)

Bills Signed into Law: Sept 26 - Oct 2

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.

10/1 -  S.2193 — CHARGE Act (requires the GSA to issue (1) guidance to clarify that federal agencies may use a charge card to pay to charge federal electric motor vehicles at commercial charging stations, and (2) a charge card for such payments to each agency for each of the agency's electric motor vehicles)

10/1 -  H.R.8337 — Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act (provides continuing FY2021 appropriations to federal agencies through December 11, 2020, and extends several programs)

Miscellaneous : Sept 26 - Oct 2

9/29 - Amy Coney Barrett’s response to Senate questionnaire (via Washington Post)

9/29 - Experts Warn Oversight Subcommittee that White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement Poses a Threat to Cops, Communities (Congress)

9/30 - A Judge Has Ordered The Justice Department To Release More Portions Of The Mueller Report Before Election Day (via Buzzfeed News, with link to court opinion)

9/30 – “Unauthorized dispositions closed cases” page merged into “Unauthorized Disposition of Federal Records” page (NARA)

10/1 - Judge rules federal law enforcement commission violates law, orders work stopped as attorney general prepares to issue report (via Washington Post; with link to source document)

10/1 - Trump requires food aid boxes to come with a letter from him (via Politico, with embedded source document)

10/2 - Following IG Report, Eight Democratic Senators Demand Secretary Pompeo Answer for Department’s Lies About Rescinding Award to Journalist (Congress)

10/2 - Hybrid Hearing with Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex M. Azar II (Congress)

10/2 - Mandatory Review of Employee Training under E.O. 13950 September 22, 2020 (CHCOC; see also, Oversight Chairs Condemn Trump Administration on Cancellation of Diversity, Anti-Racism Training)

10/2 - Long-delayed Trump administration study finds that climate change threatens polar bears (via Washington Post, with link to report)

10/2 - Memorandum from the President’s Physician (White House; see also, doctor’s update via @kadiagoba on Twitter)