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U.S. Government Information: WR 10/16/21

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: Oct 16 - Oct 22

10/18 - EPA Administrator Regan Announces Comprehensive National Strategy to Confront PFAS Pollution (EPA; direct to roadmap page)

10/18 - U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Sanctions Review (Treas; direct to report)

10/19 - Census Bureau Data Reveal Decline in School Enrollment (Census; direct to data tables)

10/19 - U.S. Department of Education Releases New Resource on Supporting Child and Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral and Mental Health during COVID-19 Era (ED; direct to report)

10/19 - Irrigation Organizations: Water Storage and Delivery Infrastructure (ERS)

10/19 - Fact Sheet: Tax Compliance Proposals Will Improve Tax Fairness (Treas)

10/20 - Update: FDA Takes Additional Actions on the Use of a Booster Dose for COVID-19 Vaccines (FDA; see also, CDC Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots)

10/21 - CFPB Orders Tech Giants to Turn Over Information on their Payment System Plans (CFPB)

10/21 - Federal Reserve Board announces a broad set of new rules that will prohibit the purchase of individual securities, restrict active trading, and increase the timeliness of reporting and public disclosure by Federal Reserve policymakers and senior staff (FRB; see also, Sen. Warren Calls For Immediate Release of Ethics Warnings Given to Fed Officials As Fed Acted to Address COVID-19 Economic Fallout)

10/21 - FTC Staff Report Finds Many Internet Service Providers Collect Troves of Personal Data, Users Have Few Options to Restrict Use (FTC; direct to report)

10/21 - NIST Draft Publication Addresses Removing Barriers for Voters With Disabilities (NIST; direct to report)

10/22 - DoD Releases Report on Defense Spending by State in Fiscal Year 2020 (DOD; direct to reports page)

10/22 - Reducing the Backlog in Legally Required Historical Declassification Obligations of the DoD (DOD)

10/22 - Justice Department Announces New Initiative to Combat Redlining (DOJ; see also, remarks by AG and Assistant AG)

10/22 - FBI Releases Statistics for Law Enforcement Officers Assaulted and Killed in the Line of Duty (FBI; direct to data explorer)

10/22 - Joint Statement by Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen and Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget Shalanda D. Young on Budget Results for Fiscal Year 2021 (Treas)

Bills Signed into Law: Oct 16 - Oct 22

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.

10/19 - H.R.4981 To amend the Fentanyl Sanctions Act, to modify certain deadlines relating to the Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking - extends the Act deadline for the Commission by 120 days to allow the Commission to continue its work until February 2022 (summary via WH)

Congressional Budget Office / Congressional Research Service / Government Accountability Office : Oct 16 - Oct 22