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

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 12 - Dec 18

12/14 - Department of Justice Announces Joint Final Rule [with USAID, USDA, ED, HHS, DHS, HUD, DOL, and VA] Regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-Based Organizations in Department-Supported Social Service Programs (DOJ; direct to final rule; see also, Subcommittee Chair Raskin Issues Statement on Trump Administration’s Last-Minute Rulemakings That Allow for LGBTQ+ Discrimination)

12/14 - The United States Reaches a Settlement with the United Auto Workers Union to Reform the Union and End Corruption and Fraud (FBI)

12/14 - FTC Issues Orders to Nine Social Media and Video Streaming Services Seeking Data About How They Collect, Use, and Present Information (FTC)

12/14 - National Film Registry Spotlights Diverse Filmmakers in New Selections (LOC)

12/15 - Copyright Office Launches Copyright Public Records System Pilot (

12/15 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Finds Endangered Species Act Listing for Monarch Butterfly Warranted but Precluded (FWS)

12/15 - NASA Releases Best Practices Handbook to Help Improve Space Safety (NASA)

12/15 - USCIS Updates Discretionary Criteria for Case-by-Case Interview Determinations of Adjustment of Status Applications Based on Refugee or Asylee Status (USCIS)

12/16 - Joint Statement by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (CISA; see also, Advanced Persistent Threat Compromise of Government Agencies, Critical Infrastructure, and Private Sector Organizations)

12/16 - CMS Office of the Actuary Releases 2019 National Health Expenditures (CMS)

12/16 - Report Highlights Long-Term Benefits of Scientific Collections (Smithsonian; direct to report)

12/16 - Secretary Perdue Applauds USDA’s 2020 Accomplishments (USDA)

12/16 - Secret Service Launches Redesigned Website (USSS)

12/17 - Trump Administration rolls out modernized forest management rule (BLM)

12/17 - Rural America at a Glance: 2020 Edition (ERS)

12/17 - Trump Administration Strengthens Conservation by Finalizing Endangered Species Critical Habitat Designation Rule (FWS)

12/17 - Library of Congress Completes Digitization of 23 Early Presidential Collections (LOC)

12/17 - Track active weather with NOAA’s new radar viewer (NOAA)

12/18 - CBP Releases 2021-2026 Strategy (CBP)

12/18 - Acting Secretary Accepts Inclusion Board's 15 Recommendations (DOD; direct to final Board report)

12/18 - Shana Broussard, Sean Cooksey, Allen Dickerson sworn in as Commissioners (FEC)

12/18 - Release of the U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability (State; direct to strategy)

Bills Signed into Law: Dec 12 - Dec 18

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.

12/18 - S.945 - Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act - requires certain issuers of securities to establish that they are not owned or controlled by a foreign government

12/18 - S.1069 - Digital Coast Act - provides statutory authority for and revises NOAA's Digital Coast program

12/18 - S.1982 - Save Our Seas 2.0 Act - to improve efforts to combat marine debris, and for other purposes

12/18 - H.J.Res.107 - Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2021, and for other purposes - provides continuing FY2021 appropriations to federal agencies through 12/20/20….prevents a government shutdown that would otherwise occur if the FY2021 appropriations bills have not been enacted when the existing CR expires on 12/18/20

Miscellaneous : Dec 12 - Dec 18

12/3 - U.S. Used Patriot Act to Gather Logs of Website Visitors (via New York Times, with link to source documents; new to me, so adding it now)

12/14 - Attorney General William Barr resigns (via CNN, with source document; see also, Chairman Nadler Statement on Resignation of Attorney General William Barr)

12/14 - Supreme Court rejects challenge to same-sex parents on birth certificates (via Washington Blade, with links to source documents)

12/15 - USPS ‘gridlocked’ as historic crush of holiday packages sparks delays (via Washington Post, with link to source document)

12/16 - Senate hearing: Examining Irregularities in the 2020 Election (Congress)

12/16 - Chairman Clyburn Releases Memo With New Evidence of Political Interference in Pandemic Response (Congress)

12/16 - The U.S. Postal Service Finally Released Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s Calendars — Almost Completely Redacted (via American Oversight, with source document)

12/17 - Records Concerning Treatment of Individuals in Immigrant Detention Center, Final Response​, November 29, 2017 - June 28, 2018 (DOJ FOIA)

12/18 - Senate Report Faults FAA And Boeing For Failures In Review Of 737 Max (via NPR; direct to report)

12/18 - The Supreme Court Gives Trump More Time to Try to Rig the Census (via Slate, with link to source document)

12/18 - US charges ex-Zoom employee with shutting down Tiananmen Square events (via BBC News, with links to DOJ press release and Zoom statement)

12/18 - Newly Released COVID-19 Data Show Most U.S. Cities Are 'Sustained Hotspots' (via NPR; direct to data)