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U.S. Government Information: WR 12/05/20

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 : Dec 5 - Dec 11

12/7 - Census Bureau Announces Quality Assessments for 2020 Census (Census)

12/7 - U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Final Rule to Implement Legal Requirements for Religious Exemption (DOL; see also, Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration Discriminatory Rule on Federal Contractors)

12/7 - EPA Finalizes NAAQS for Particulate Matter (EPA; direct to final decision; see also, Carper Blasts EPA for Failing to Improve Soot Standards and Protect Lives)

12/7 - HHS Publishes COVID-19 Hospital Facility-Level Data (HHS; direct to dataset)

12/7 - OSC Issues Report to the President Finding Hatch Act Violations by Dr. Peter Navarro (OSC; direct to report)

12/8 - Secretary of the Army announces missing Soldier policy, forms People First Task Force to implement Fort Hood Independent Review Committee (FHIRC) recommendations (Army; direct to FHIRC website and report)

12/8 - GPO and Library of Congress Release Ten Years of Legislative Data on Govinfo (GPO)

12/8 - Sea ice loss and extreme wildfires mark another year of Arctic change (NOAA; direct to Arctic Report Card)

12/8 - The Smithsonian Libraries and Smithsonian Institution Archives have merged to become Smithsonian Libraries and Archives (Smithsonian)

12/9 - CDC expands local area health estimates to include data for the entire U.S. New PLACES data help inform local health decisions (CDC)

12/9 - FBI Releases 2019 NIBRS Crime Data (FBI)

12/9 - FTC Sues Facebook for Illegal Monopolization (FTC)

12/9 - Update: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (USCIS)

12/10 - Census Bureau Releases New American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (Census; see also, American Community Survey 2015-2019 5-Year Data Release)

12/10 - The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security Publish Final Rule on Procedures for Asylum and Withholding of Removal (DOJ; direct to final rule; see also, EOIR guidance regarding new regulations)

12/10 - HHS Proposes Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule to Empower Patients, Improve Coordinated Care, and Reduce Regulatory Burdens (HHS)

12/11 - U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury Issue Final Rule to Provide Greater Flexibility for Grandfathered Group Health Plans (DOL)

12/11 - FDA Takes Key Action in Fight Against COVID-19 By Issuing Emergency Use Authorization for First COVID-19 Vaccine (FDA)

12/11 - Research Guides in Focus – Guide to Law Online: U.S. States and Territories (LOC)

Bills Signed into Law: Dec 5 - Dec 11

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.

12/5 - H.R.8247 Veterans COMPACT Act of 2020: implements programs, policies, and reports related to VA transition assistance, suicide care, mental health education and treatment, health care, and women veteran care.

Inspector General reports : Dec 5 - Dec 11

12/10 - Senior VA Officials’ Response to a Veteran’s Sexual Assault Allegations (VA; see also, Pelosi Statement Calling on VA Secretary Wilkie to Resign and statements by House VA committee chair and ranking member)

12/10 - Management Assistance Report: Representational Travel by the Spouse of the Secretary of State (State; see also, Secretary’s statement)

Fall Semiannual Reports (SARs) to Congress are now being released. You can track which are available via this page.