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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12/5 - USDA Launches New Virtual Nutrition Center of Excellence (FNS; direct to website)
12/6 - FDA Provides Update on External Evaluation to Strengthen Agency’s Human Foods Program (FDA; direct to report)
12/6 - A Look to the Next Decade: Research to Assist the Nation and the World in Responding to Global Change (WH/OSTP; direct to report page)
12/7 - Digital Jigsaw Puzzles: Holiday 2022 Edition (SI)
12/8 - Biden-Harris Administration Celebrates First Year Accomplishments Under President Biden’s Federal Sustainability Plan (WH/CEQ; direct to websitescorecards archive)
12/8 - Biden-Harris Administration Launches First-of-its-Kind National Data Dashboard for Non-Fatal Overdoses (WH/ONDCP; direct to website)
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.
12/5 - S.1941, MAPS Act of 2021 - requires OMB to report on the scientific basis for changes to core-based statistical area delineations and requires transparency in the uses of those delineations in domestic assistance programs
12/7 - S.4524, Speak Out Act - prohibits the judicial enforceability of a nondisclosure clause or nondisparagement clause agreed to before a dispute arises involving sexual assault or sexual harassment in violation of federal, tribal, or state law
12/7 - H.R.7132, Safe Connections Act of 2022 - establishes requirements concerning access to communication services for survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and related harms
12/9 - H.R.521, First Responder Fair RETIRE Act – allows disabled federal first responders to continue receiving federal retirement benefits in the same manner as though they had not been disabled
See full weekly list of hearings on congress.gov.
12/6 - Solving the Climate Crisis: Key Accomplishments, Additional Opportunities, and the Need for Continued Action (House Climate Crisis)
12/6 - Lessons from the Field: Overcrowding in National Parks (House Natural Resources)
12/8 - Undue Influence: ‘Operation Higher Court’ and Politicking at SCOTUS (House Judiciary)
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.
12/7 - Investigation and Review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons' Handling of the Transfer of Inmate James "Whitey" Bulger (DOJ; see also, Bulger files in FBI Vault)
12/6 - Oversight in the 118th Congress (Congress/McCarthy)
12/7 - Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth Announces Release of its Final Report (Congress; direct to report page)
12/8 - Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer Hold Respect for Marriage Act Enrollment Ceremony (via C-SPAN; see also, Equality Caucus statement and H.R. 8404)
12/8 - Yellen, Malerba become 1st female pair to sign US currency (via AP)
12/8 - Making PACER court records system free wouldn't add to deficit, CBO says (via Reuters)
12/9 - Kyrsten Sinema Says She Will Leave the Democratic Party (via New York Times; see also, WH press secretary statement)
Trump search warrant:
Docket for Trump v. United States, District Court, S.D. Florida (court documents via Court Listener)
12/7 - Items with classified markings found at Trump storage unit in Florida (via Washington Post; see also, referenced GSA emails released in October)
12/8 - Special Master’s Review in Trump Case Ends as Appeal Court’s Ruling Takes Effect (via New York Times)
12/9 - Judge Declines to Act on Justice Dept. Contempt Request in Trump Documents Case (via New York Times)