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U.S. Government Information: WR 10/17/20

Guide to information resources by and about the federal government.

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Press releases : Oct 17 - Oct 23

10/19 - Requests for Additional 2020 Census Metrics and Upcoming Data Quality (Census)

10/19 - Administrator Wheeler Releases Trump Administration’s Federal Strategy for Addressing Global Marine Litter (EPA; direct to report)

10/19 - Cognitive Technologies White Paper (NARA; direct to paper)

10/19 - ICYMI Bulletin: USGS uses “eDNA” to combat invasive species (USGS)

10/20 - DHS Launches New Center for Countering Human Trafficking (DHS)

10/20 - The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security Publish Final Rule to Restrict Certain Criminal Aliens’ Eligibility for Asylum (DOJ; direct to final rule)

10/20 - Elliott Broidy Pleads Guilty for Back-Channel Lobbying Campaign to Drop 1MDB Investigation and Remove a Chinese Foreign National (DOJ)

10/20 - U.S. Department of Education Uncovers Vast Underreporting of Foreign Gifts and Contracts by Higher Education Institutions (ED; direct to report)

10/21 - Department of Justice Releases Report on its Efforts to Disrupt, Dismantle, and Destroy MS-13 (DOJ; direct to report)

10/21 - Service Launches New Electronic Permitting System to Streamline and Improve Permitting Process (FWS)

10/21 - HUD Secretary Ben Carson Hosts Discussion on Federal Government’s Response to Homelessness (HUD; see also, USICH report)

10/22 - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Releases Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Consumer Access to Financial Records (CFPB)

10/22 - EPA Continues to Improve and Clarify Clean Air Permitting Process (EPA)

10/22 - Iranian and Russian State-Sponsored Advanced Persistent Threat Actors Threaten Election-Related Systems (FBI; see also, DNI remarks and Pelosi/Schiff statement)

10/22 - FCC Issues Staff Report on T-Mobile Outage (FCC; direct to report)

10/22 - Save the Date and Call for Public Comments - U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Virtual Public Briefing: Racial Disparities in Maternal Health (USCCR)

10/23 - Tip Sheet Number 22 (Census)

10/23 - USTR and USDA Release Report on Agricultural Trade between the United States and China (USDA; direct to report)

Bills Signed into Law: Oct 17 - Oct 23

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.

10/17 - S.2661 — National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020 (requires the FCC to designate 9-8-8 as the universal telephone number for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline)

10/20 - S.832 — A bill to nullify the Supplemental Treaty Between the United States of America and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of Indians of Middle Oregon, concluded on November 15, 1865.