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U.S. Government Information: WR 11/7/20

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 : Nov 7 - Nov 13

11/9 - CBP to Introduce Biometric Facial Comparison to Secure and Streamline Travel at Cross Border Xpress and Tecate (CBP)

11/9 - Census Bureau Statement on Data Collection (Census; in response to Census takers say they were told to enter false information via AP)

11/9 - Trump Administration Announces Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Final Rule, Continues Commitment to Transform Medicaid by Delivering Greater Flexibility to States (CMS; direct to rule and fact sheet)

11/9 - Greenhouse Gas Emissions Continue to Decline as the American Economy Flourishes Under the Trump Administration (EPA; direct to data sets)

11/9 - FTC Requires Zoom to Enhance its Security Practices as Part of Settlement (FTC)

11/9 - The United States Presents its Universal Periodic Review National Report (State; direct to report)

11/10 - DOD Statement on Personnel Changes at the Pentagon (DOD; see also, Secretary Esper's Final Message to the Department and Pelosi Statement on Trump Firing of Defense Secretary Esper)

11/10 - Household Food Insecurity and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Federal Housing Assistance (ERS)

11/10 - 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season takes infamous top spot for busiest on record (NOAA)

11/11 - Scientists Release Genomes of Birds Representing Nearly All Avian Families (Smithsonian; direct to report)

11/12 - Joint Statement from Elections Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council & the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Executive Committees (CISA; see also, Chairman Thompson Statement on Reports Trump May Fire Top Cybersecurity Leadership)

11/12 - Statement on DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility Report on Jeffrey Epstein 2006-2008 Investigation (DOJ; direct to report and Senate Judiciary Oversight chair's statement)

11/12 - 2019 Broadband Deployment Data Show Digital Divide Is Closing (FCC)

11/12 - New Maps Document Big-Game Migrations Across the Western United States (USGS; direct to report and map)

11/12 - VA releases 2020 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report (VA; direct to report)

11/13 - Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller's Initial Message to the Department (DOD)

11/13 - New Secretary’s Order Increases Flexibility and Empowers States to Support Healthy Active Communities with Unprecedented LWCF Funding (DOI)

11/13 - USCIS Announces a Revised Naturalization Civics Test (USCIS; direct to new test page)

Bills Signed into Law: Nov 7 - Nov 13

Information below is from congress.gov. 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 : Nov 7 - Nov 13

11/7 - Pelosi Statement on Historic Election of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris (Congress)

11/8 - Biden/Harris transition website goes live

11/8 - White House Gift Shop adds “46th President of the United States: Joseph R. Biden” link on home page, which is later deleted; link to a modified page is still available in the “products” section (first link goes to archive capture)

11/9 - Barr Hands Prosecutors the Authority to Investigate Voter Fraud Claims (via New York Times, with source document; see also, Richard Pilger’s resignation email via @nycsouthpaw on Twitter and House Judiciary chair’s statement)

11/9 - Connolly, Pascrell, Titus Blast Trump Administration Blocking Presidential Transition (Congress)

11/10 - Assaults and Use of Force Statistics Fiscal Year 2020 (CBP; note: title changed from “CBP Use of Force”)

11/10 - House Committee Chairs Send Dozens of Letters Directing White House and Federal Agencies to Preserve Documents (Congress)

11/10 - Chairwoman Johnson Questions Removal of Dr. Kuperberg from National Climate Assessment Panel (Congress)

11/10 - The C.D.C. updates its findings: Mask-wearing protects you, not just those around you (via New York Times, with link to source document)

11/10 - 42 states are now in the red zone for coronavirus cases, White House says (via Center for Public Integrity, with source documents)

11/11 - National Native American Veterans Memorial opens on the National Mall (Smithsonian)

11/12 - Wyden Statement on the Nomination of Judy Shelton to the Federal Reserve (Congress)

11/12 - Oversight and Homeland Security Committees Demand ICE Cease Deportations of Victims and Witnesses Alleging Medical Mistreatment at Detention Facilities (Congress)

11/12 - Justice Sam Alito Delivers Grievance-Laden, Ultrapartisan Speech to the Federalist Society (via Slate, with embedded video)

11/13 - Records Concerning Refugees in the United States, Interim Response‚Äč, September 11, 2017-March 30, 2018 (DOJ FOIA)