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U.S. Government Information: WR 11/14/20

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 14 - Nov 20

11/16 - Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller's Message to the Department (DOD; revises/clarifies earlier memo)

11/16 - FBI Releases 2019 Hate Crime Statistics (FBI)

11/16 - SEC Chairman Jay Clayton Confirms Plans to Conclude Tenure at Year End (SEC; includes highlights & accomplishments)

11/16 - International Education Week Kicks Off with Open Doors Report (State; direct to report)

11/17 - CDC Expands U.S. Diabetes Surveillance System with new Social Determinants of Health Module (CDC)

11/17 - New Geographic Mobility Data for States and Place of Birth (Census)

11/17 - DHS Statement on Recent Challenges to Acting Secretary Wolf’s Authority (DHS; see also, Chairman Thompson Statement on DHS’s Latest Attempt to Legitimize Chad Wolf’s Role and Actions)

11/17 - Joint Statement by Attorney General of the United States William P. Barr and Fiscalía General of Mexico Alejandro Gertz Manero (DOJ)

11/17 - COVID-19 Update: FDA’s Ongoing Commitment to Transparency for COVID-19 EUAs (FDA; see also, GAO’s COVID-19: Federal Efforts Accelerate Vaccine and Therapeutic Development, but More Transparency Needed on Emergency Use Authorizations)

11/17 - HHS Launches First-of-its-Kind Regulatory Clean-Up Initiative Utilizing AI (HHS)

11/17 - Office of the Historian, Foreign Service Institute Release of Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977–1980, Volume XI, Part 1, Iran: Hostage Crisis, November 1979–September 1980 (State; direct to FRUS)

11/18 - Under a Quarter of Population Exposed to Office-Type Transportation Noise (BTS)

11/18 - Special Operations Leader to Report Directly to Acting Defense Secretary (DOD; see also, CRS Report – U.S. Special Force Operations Forces (SOF): Background and Issues for Congress)

11/18 - FDA Releases New Outbreak Investigation Table (FDA)

11/18 - USDA Forest Service Announces Key Changes to NEPA Procedures (FS)

11/18 - View Our New Web Resource: Indigenous Law Web Archive (LOC; direct to archive)

11/18 - A Warming Earth is Also a Wetter Earth (NCEI)

11/19 - Trump Administration Proposes Revised Arctic Regulations (BSEE)

11/19 - New and Updated North American Product Classification System Codes (Census)

11/19 - Trump Administration Announces Prescription Drug Payment Model to Put American Patients First (HHS; see also, CMS’ Most Favored Nation Model)

11/20 - CBP Enhances Biometrics for Non-U.S. Travelers Entering and Exiting the United States (CBP)

11/20 - Great American Outdoors Taskforce Releases Details on Historic Deferred Maintenance and LWCF Projects (DOI)

11/20 - Secretary DeVos Unveils Interactive Online Portal to Provide Transparency on Use of CARES Act Education Funding by States, Grantees (ED; direct to portal)

Bills Signed into Law: Nov 14 - Nov 20

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 : Nov 14 - Nov 20

11/16 - Chairs Nadler and Maloney Urge Outgoing Trump Administration Against Midnight Rulemaking (Congress)

11/16 - Trump officials rush to auction off rights to Arctic National Wildlife Refuge before Biden can block it (via Washington Post, with links to source documents)

11/16 - 3 former Census Bureau directors say Trump's effort to omit unauthorized immigrants from #2020Census apportionment counts would harm the bureau & "its mission to provide relevant, accurate, objective, & trusted statistical information to the public" (via @hansilowang on Twitter, with link to source document)

11/17 - Copies of all Certification of Ethics Agreement Compliance forms filed with OGE from May 1, 2017, through the date on which OGE conducts the search for these records (OGE FOIA; note this is a very large file)

11/17 - Chairs Thompson and Underwood Statement on Trump Firing Chris Krebs (Congress)

11/17 - Chairwomen Johnson and Stevens Criticize Appointment of Dr. Jason Richwine for New Senior NIST Role (Congress)

11/19 - Treasury Secretary Mnuchin cuts off several Federal Reserve emergency aid programs, sparking unusual rebuke from Fed (via Washington Post, with links to source documents)

11/19 - Committee Demands Documents After Reports That Career Census Experts Warned That They Cannot Produce Accurate 2020 Census Count (Congress; see also, statement by Census Bureau Director)

11/20 - Trump Appointee Unconstitutionally Interfered With VOA, Judge Rules (via NPR, with link to source document)

11/20 - Trump Judges Block Laws Banning LGBTQ “Conversion Therapy” for Minors (via Slate, with links to source documents)