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U.S. Government Information: WR 11/5/22

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 : Nov 5 - Nov 11

11/6 - Paxlovid reduces risk of Long COVID (VA; direct to report page)

11/7 - New Database Eases Release of Judges’ Finance Reports (Courts; direct to database page – requires registration; see also, disclosures database from Free Law Project)

11/7 - Justice Department to Monitor Polls in 24 States for Compliance with Federal Voting Rights Laws (DOJ)

11/7 - Opening the Federal Regulatory Process to More Voices: OIRA to Hold Open Government Engagement Session This Month (WH/OMB)

11/7 - For Public Comment: Draft 5th National Climate Assessment (WH/OSTP; direct to review website – requires registration; see also, Washington Post article)

11/9 - Statement from CISA Director Easterly on the Security of the 2022 Elections (CISA)

11/9 - US Department of Labor seeks nationwide court injunction to stop Packers Sanitation Services’ ‘oppressive child labor’ violations at processing facilities (DOL)

11/9 - Library Explores the Role of GIS in Addressing Humanitarian Disasters (LOC)

11/9 - Remarks [post-election] by President Biden in Press Conference (WH)

11/10 - FCC To Release New Broadband Maps on November 18 (FCC)

11/10 - FTC Restores Rigorous Enforcement of Law Banning Unfair Methods of Competition (FTC)

11/10 - Library of Congress Celebrates Successful Literacy Practices with 2022 Literacy Award Winners (LOC)

11/10 - NOAA’s newest satellite heads toward orbit (NOAA)

11/10 - Smithsonian Launches “Life on a Sustainable Planet” Climate Change Initiative (SI)

11/10 - USGS Launches Wildland Fire Trends Tool (USGS; direct to website)

11/10 - Scientists Discover Significant Critical Minerals Potential in Northern Maine (USGS; direct to OA article)

11/10 - U.S. Postal Service Reports Fiscal Year 2022 Results (USPS)

11/11 - Biden-Harris Administration Strengthens Proposal to Cut Methane Pollution to Protect Communities, Combat Climate Change, and Bolster American Innovation (EPA; direct to info page)

Bills Signed into Law : Nov 5 - Nov 11

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

Congressional Hearings : Nov 5 - Nov 11

See full weekly list of hearings on

None this week

Miscellaneous : Nov 5 - Nov 11

11/7 - Listening Session on OSTP Policy Guidance: Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research (via ARL)

11/7 - Trump’s DHS treated protesters like terrorists, report shows (via MSNBC, with link to source document)

11/8 - Justice Department, GSA working on common standards for FOIA tech (via Federal News Network)

11/9 - Ernie Lazar, who quietly amassed huge FBI archive, dies at 77 (via Washington Post; see also, Lazar FOIA collection)

11/10 - A federal judge calls student loan relief unlawful, deepening limbo for borrowers (via NPR; see also, court ruling via Court Listener and WH statement)

11/11 - DHS secretary to Biden’s top border chief: Quit or be fired (via Politico; see also, 11/12 update - Top U.S. border official Chris Magnus resigns after less than a year on the job, via NPR)

Trump search warrant:

Docket for Trump v. United States, District Court, S.D. Florida (court documents via Court Listener)

11/7 - Chairwoman Maloney Introduces Legislation to Strengthen the Presidential Records Act (Congress)

11/7 - Special master announced plans to consult NARA regarding its practices and guidance documents for the categorization of materials under the Presidential Records Act and plan to submit his Report and Recommendations by 12/16 (Document 164 at Court Listener)

11/9 - Statement in Response to Media Queries About Presidential Records (NARA; direct to collection page)

11/10 - Trump files objection to special master’s private consultation with NARA (Document 175 at Court Listener)

11/11 - In filing, Trump lawyers again claim he had right to declassify documents (via Washington Post, with source document – Trump 11th Circuit response to DOJ appeal of lower court order to appoint special master)