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U.S. Government Information: WR 10/24/20

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 : Oct 24 - Oct 30

10/26 - Federal Health Insurance Exchange 2021 Open Enrollment (CMS; see also, preview of plans & prices)

10/26 - Trump Administration’s Interior Supports $336 Billion in Economic Activity and 1.9 Million Jobs (DOI; direct to report)

10/26 - FCC Seeks to Require ID of Foreign Government-Sponsored Programming (FCC)

10/26 - Background on rescinding a so-called “firewall rule” (USAGM; see also, VOA's USAGM CEO Criticized Over Move to Rescind Firewall Regulation)

10/26 - USDA Announces Early Release of Select Commodity Tables for USDA’s Agricultural Projections to 2030 (USDA)

10/27 - The Trump Administration Approves the Willow Master Development Plan (BLM)

10/27 - Report Detailing Government Efforts to Combat Robocalls Released to Congress (DOJ; direct to report)

10/27 - EPA Announces 2020 Dicamba Registration Decision (EPA)

10/27 - FCC Responds to Narrow Remand of Restoring Internet Freedom Order (FCC; updated 10/29 with order on remand)

10/27 - NCEI Data Tools Explained (NCEI)

10/27 - Introducing BridgeUSA: A New Brand Identity for the Exchange Visitor Program (State)

10/28 - CFPB Private Education Loan Ombudsman Issues 2020 Annual Report (CFPB; direct to report)

10/28 – Alert: Ransomware Activity Targeting the Healthcare and Public Health Sector (CISA)

10/28 - 2019 NAEP Mathematics and Reading Assessments: Highlighted Results at Grade 12 for the Nation (NCES; see also, ED Secretary statement)

10/28 - USDA Exempts Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Rule (USDA)

10/29 - Agencies Propose Regulation on the Role of Supervisory Guidance (CFPB)

10/29 - CMS Refunds Withheld Funds Designated for the Fire Department of the City of New York (CMS; see also, House Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means chairs’ statement)

10/29 - Electromagnetic Spectrum Superiority Strategy Released (DOD; direct to report)

10/29 - FCC Establishes a 5G Fund for Rural America (FCC)

10/29 - Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2021 (State)

10/30 - CDC Issues Framework for Resuming Safe and Responsible Cruise Ship Passenger Operations (CDC; direct to framework)

10/30 - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Issues Final Rule to Implement the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (CFPB; see also, statements by CFPB director and Senate Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs ranking member)

10/30 - Assistant Attorney General Beth A. Williams Delivers Capital Conversations Speech Highlighting Department of Justice Policy Accomplishments (DOJ)

10/30 - U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rule To Protect Americans’ Retirement Investments (DOL)

10/30 - USGS Unveils Mobile Flood Tool for the Nation (USGS)

Bills Signed into Law: Oct 24 - Oct 30

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.

- None this week



Miscellaneous : Oct 24 - Oct 30

10/26 - Trump Administration Buries Dozens of Clean Energy Studies (via InvestigateWest, with links to source documents; see also, House Science/Space/Technology Committee chair’s statement)

10/26 - Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court (Congress; see also, summary of actions)

10/27 – White House science office takes credit for 'ending' pandemic as infections mount (via Politico, with links to source documents)

10/27 - New Documents Show Department of Education Froze Tool to Help Defrauded Student Borrowers (Congress)

10/27 - Judge says Justice Department cannot defend Trump in E. Jean Carroll rape defamation suit (via NBCNews, with link to source document)

10/27 - Judge orders USPS to reverse mail collection limits now (via Politico, with links to source documents)

10/28 - Warren Shares USPS Board of Governors' Refusal to Disclose Their Personal Financial Ties Or Undo Louis DeJoy's Postal Service Sabotage (Congress)

10/28 - Energy & Commerce Committee Releases Report Detailing Trump Administration Environmental Rollbacks (Congress; direct to report)

10/28 - Chair Grijalva Releases Roadmap to Repair DOI & Other Agencies, Reverse Damage From Four Years of Trump Administration Corruption and Incompetence (Congress; direct to report)

10/28 - Chairs Maloney and Connolly Release Dismal Postal Data on National, Area, and District Delivery Rates for First Class Mail (Congress)

10/29 - New Documents Show Administration Officials Tried to Use $250 Million Ad Campaign for Coronavirus to Help Trump’s Re-Election (Congress)

10/29 - More Than 40 Immigrants Have Died In ICE Custody In The Past Four Years. Here Are Thousands Of Records About What Happened. (via BuzzFeed, with link to source documents)

10/29 - Trump strips protections for endangered gray wolves (via Washington Post, with link to source document)

10/29 - Brett Kavanaugh Forced To Correct Supreme Court Opinion After Vermont Calls Out False Info (via Forbes, with links to original and revised opinions)

10/29 - Judiciary Committee Releases Report on Trump Administration Family Separation Policy (Congress; direct to report)

10/30 - Internal Documents Reveal COVID-19 Hospitalization Data The Government Keeps Hidden (via NPR, with source documents)

10/30 - A Judge Ordered The Postal Service To Take “Extraordinary Measures” With Election Mail (via Politico, with links to source documents)