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U.S. Government Information: WR 11/28/20

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 28 - Dec 4

11/30 - The Opportunity Project Demo Day Press Kit (Census; see also, registration info)

11/30 - New Interim Strategy Will Address PFAS Through Certain EPA-Issued Wastewater Permits (EPA)

11/30 - Chairman Pai Announces Intent to Depart FCC in January (FCC)

12/1 - Face Recognition Software Shows Improvement in Recognizing Masked Faces (NIST; direct to report)

12/1 - Office of the Historian, Foreign Service Institute Release of Foreign Relations of the United States, 1981–1988, Volume V, Soviet Union, March 1985–October 1986 (State)

12/2 - Update on 2020 Census Data Processing (Census)

12/2 - Justice Department Settles with Amtrak to Resolve Disability Discrimination Across its Intercity Rail System (DOJ)

12/2 - U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Final Rule on Traveling by Air with Service Animals (DOT; direct to final rule)

12/2 - Secretary DeVos Expands on Revamped College Scorecard, Adding Second-year Post Graduation Earnings and Cumulative Loan Data to Help Students Make Informed Choices (ED)

12/3 - The Bureau of Land Management announces availability of proposed land use plan, final EIS for Western Alaska (BLM)

12/3 - CBP to Meet Legal Requirement to Collect DNA Samples from Certain Populations of Individuals in Custody (CBP)

12/3 - CDC Statement Regarding ACIP Recommendations (CDC; see also, ACIP 12/20 meeting summary and presentation slides)

12/3 - HHS Outlines New Plans and a Partnership to Reduce U.S. Pregnancy-related Deaths (HHS)

12/3 - HHS Finalizes Good Guidance Practices Rule and Issues Advisory Opinion Regarding Compliance with Notice-and-Comment Obligations (HHS; direct to final rule)

12/3 - Permanent Digitization Regulations Ready for Review and Update on Transition Activity (NARA)

12/3 - Financial Stability Oversight Council Releases Annual Report (Treas; direct to report)

12/4 - Statement on New Appointments to the Defense Business Board (DOD)

12/4 - Trump Administration Disburses More than $8 Billion from 2020 Energy Production (DOI)

12/4 - Secretary DeVos Extends Student Loan Forbearance Period Through January 31, 2021, in Response to COVID-19 National Emergency (ED)

12/4 - Updated Report on US Government Responses to the Coronavirus (LOC)

12/4 - U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Vacates the Strengthening the H-1B Program Interim Final Rule (USCIS; see also, Judge Rules Against Another Attempt by Trump to Restrict Legal Immigration via National Law Review with links to source documents)

Bills Signed into Law: Nov 28 - Dec 4

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.


12/3 - S.327: Wounded Veterans Recreation Act - instructs DOI and USDA to make the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass available, without charge and for the lifetime of the passholder, to (1) any U.S. citizen or person domiciled in the United States who has been medically determined to be permanently disabled; and (2) any veteran who has been found to have a service-connected disability

12/3 - H.R.5901: Information Technology Modernization Centers of Excellence Program Act - requires the GSA to establish an Information Technology Modernization Centers of Excellence Program to facilitate the adoption of modern technology by executive agencies

Miscellaneous : Nov 28 - Dec 4

11/30 - Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission [final] agency report to Congress (WSCC)

12/1 - SBA follows court order, finally releases recipient names and loans amounts for all PPP loans following #FOIA lawsuit (via @Cezary on Twitter, with link to source documents)

12/1 - Chairman Nadler Statement on Appointment of U.S. Attorney John Durham as Special Counsel (Congress)

12/2 - Justice Department investigating potential presidential pardon bribery scheme, court records reveal (via CNN, with link to source document)

12/2 - Wyden, Warren, Markey, Schatz Secure DHS IG Investigation of CBP Phone Location Data Surveillance Program (Congress, with link to source document)

12/2 - Committee Obtains New Internal Documents Showing Census Data Errors More Extensive Than First Reported (Congress; see also, Census Experts Warn Committee of Grave Risks to Accurate and Complete Census)

12/2 - House Republican Ranking Members for the 117th Congress (Congress)

12/3 - Chairwoman Johnson Statement on 2020 Lancet Countdown Report (Congress; see also, Lancet report – requires free registration)

12/3 - Pelosi Announces Committee Chairs Approved by Democratic Caucus for the 117th Congress (Congress)

12/3 - Federal watchdog says “substantial likelihood of wrongdoing” at US broadcasting agency (via Vox, with source document)

12/4 - As Virus Spreads, C.D.C. Draws Up an Urgent Battle Plan (via New York Times, with link to source document)

12/4 - DHS Must Post Online Notice Welcoming Dreamers, Judge Rules in Rescinding Unlawful Chad Wolf Memo (via Law & Crime, with source document)