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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12/19 - FDA Provides Update on External Evaluation to Strengthen Agency’s Tobacco Program (FDA; direct to report)
12/19 - DHS’s Public Charge Final Rule Goes into Effect on Dec. 23 (USCIS; direct to guidance)
12/19 - After Halting Rapid Rise in Homelessness, Biden-Harris Administration Announces Plan to Reduce Homelessness 25% by 2025 (USICH; direct to plan page; see also, WH fact sheet)
12/20 - Readout of Community Forum on the 2022 Public Access Policy Guidance (WH/OSTP; see also, FAQ)
12/21 - CFPB Report Finds Household Financial Health is Declining after Several Years of Increased Savings (CFPB; direct to report)
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.
12/20 - S.198, Data Mapping to Save Moms' Lives Act - directs the FCC to include data on maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity in its broadband health mapping tool
12/20 - S.3115, POWER 2.0 Act - makes permanent the requirement for the chief judge of each federal judicial district to lead, at least annually, a public event to promote pro bono legal services for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking
12/20 - H.R.263, Big Cat Public Safety Act - revises restrictions on the possession and exhibition of big cats, including to restrict direct contact between the public and big cats
12/21 - H.R.2930, Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act of 2021 - prohibits the exportation of Native American cultural items and archaeological resources that were illegally obtained; provides for the return of such items, including voluntary returns; and establishes and increases related criminal penalties
12/21 - H.R.7535, Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Preparedness Act - addresses the migration of executive agencies information technology systems to post-quantum cryptography (encryption strong enough to resist attacks from quantum computers developed in the future)
12/20 - Primer on Postal Reform (USPS)
12/21 - Public Notice of a Classified Management Advisory Memorandum for the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Regarding Needed Improvements to the FBI’s Response to Changing Operational Technologies (DOJ)
12/19 - NARA Unauthorized Disposition: founded cases: 1) DOJ/DEA - While updating their scheduled it was noted that the DEA cannot locate the Training Aids Files, which have been scheduled as permanent since 1977; 2) Treas/BEP - Preliminary product design records (for currency, etc.) disposed of without an approved scheduleTreas/IRS - The IRS purposefully destroyed 30 million taxpayer documents, according to an audit report published Monday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) (see also, referenced TIGTA report)
12/19 - Collaborative Collection Development: A New IMLS-Funded Partnership (via Ithaka S+R)
12/20 - Modernization Committee Releases Final Report on Recommendations to Strengthen the People’s House (Congress; direct to report)
12/20 - Ways and Means Committee Votes to Release Investigation of the IRS’s Mandatory Audit Program Under the Prior Administration (Congress, with attached files; see also, Chair’s opening statement and New York Times article)
12/20 - What’s In (and Not In) the $1.7 Trillion Spending Bill (via New York Times; see also, House and Senate appropriations bill info)
12/20 - No free PACER as U.S. lawmakers exclude proposal from spending bill (via Reuters)
12/22 - Final Report, Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol (Congress; see also, 12/19 business meeting and report’s introductory material/executive summary and release 1 | release 2 | and release 3 of committee materials)
Trump search warrant:
12/20 - Press Statement in Response to Media Queries About Presidential Records (NARA; direct to released records)