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U.S. Government Information: WR 11/26/22

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 26 - Dec 2

11/28 - Biden Harris Administration Supports the World Health Organization Renaming of Monkeypox to mpox (HHS; see also, WHO announcement)

11/28 - National Archives Begins Work on 1960 Census Records Release (NARA)

11/28 - Inflation Reduction Act Funds Landmark Agreements to Accelerate Salton Sea Restoration (USBR)

11/28 - Presidential Memorandum to Promote Accountability for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (WH; direct to memo)

11/29 - CDC Awards More Than $3 Billion to Improve U.S. Public Health Workforce and Infrastructure (CDC; direct to funding page)

11/29 - 2022 Report on Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China (DOD; direct to report page)

11/29 - United States Files Complaint and Reaches Agreement on Proposal with City of Jackson and State of Mississippi on Interim Solution to the Jackson Water Crisis (DOJ)

11/29 - Leader of Oath Keepers and Oath Keepers Member Found Guilty of Seditious Conspiracy and Other Charges Related to U.S. Capitol Breach (DOJ)

11/29 - HUD and Census Bureau Release Findings of 2021 Rental Housing Finance Survey (HUD; direct to website)

11/30 - DHS Issues National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin (DHS; direct to bulletin)

11/30 - Biden-Harris Administration Announces News Steps to Strengthen Tribal Co-Stewardship of Public Lands and Waters (DOI, with links to several reports)

11/30 - Department of Education, Department of Justice, and Department of Health and Human Services Release First Report to Congress as Part of the Interagency Task Force on Sexual Violence in Education (ED; direct to report)

11/30 - Statement on improper disclosure of noncitizen personally identifiable information (ICE)

12/1 - Secretary of Defense Establishes Office of Strategic Capital (DOD; see also, memo)

12/1 - EPA Takes Next Step in Consideration of Protections for Bristol Bay (EPA; direct to website)

12/1 - Accepting Applications for 2023 Native American Library Services Basic Grants (IMLS)

12/1 - White House Releases First-of-a-Kind Indigenous Knowledge Guidance for Federal Agencies (WH/OSTP; direct to guidance and memo)

Bills Signed into Law : Nov 26 - Dec 2

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.

12/2 - H.J.Res.100, To provide for a resolution with respect to the unresolved disputes between certain railroads represented by the National Carriers' Conference Committee of the National Railway Labor Conference and certain of their employees - requires the parties to the disputes to accept the most recent tentative agreements, side letters, and local carrier agreements entered into by the parties

12/2 - H.R.8454, Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act - establishes a new, separate registration process to facilitate research on marijuana

Inspectors General reports : Nov 26 - Dec 2

It's time for Fall Semiannual Reports, which report OIG activities and significant findings/ recommendations for April - September, 2022. SAR availability is tracked on this page.

12/1 - Insights on Telehealth Use and Program Integrity Risks Across Selected Health Care Programs During the Pandemic (HHS)

12/1 - National Research Program Tax Return Selection Process for Tax Years 2017 and 2019 (TIGTA; see also, press release and New York Times article)

Congressional Budget Office / Congressional Research Service / Government Accountability Office : Nov 26 - Dec 2

Miscellaneous : Nov 26 - Dec 2

11/29 - Pelosi Statement on Senate Passage of Respect for Marriage Act (Congress; see also, statements from president and vice president)

11/30 - Pelosi Statement on Election of Top House Democratic Leadership for the 118th Congress (Congress)

11/30 - Foreign Malign Influence Center added as an ODNI Center on ODNI website (FMIC website first archived 10/26, but no announcement I can find)

11/30 - Fact Sheet: Biden-Harris Administration Announces New Actions to Support Indian Country and Native Communities Ahead of the Administration’s Second Tribal Nations Summit (WH)

12/1 - New Select Subcommittee Report Reveals How Fintech Companies Facilitated Fraud in the Paycheck Protection Program (Congress; direct to report)

12/1 - NARA Unauthorized Dispositions, founded cases: 1, DOD) Approvals and denials of requests relating to DOD’s cooperation with the production of television, theatrical, and motion picture films by civilian producers; 2-EPA) Allegation from a press release and formal complaint from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and a news article from The Intercept reporting that managers and career staff in the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention altered the assessments of dozens of chemicals to make them appear safer; 3-SSA) A relatively small grouping of Earnings Records (referred to hereafter as “1086 film”) stored on cellulose acetate-based microfilm has begun to deteriorate through a process called “Vinegar Syndrome”, whereby the film outgasses acetic acid and becomes warped, brittle, curled and over time, unusable (NARA)

12/2 - DOJ Tried to Hide Report Warning That Private Border Wall in Texas Could Collapse (via ProPublica, with source document)

Trump search warrant:

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

12/1 - Appeals Court Scraps Special Master Review in Trump Documents Case (via New York Times, with source document – 11th Circuit opinion)