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U.S. Government Information: WR 12/18/21

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. All links are captured in the Internet Archive if possible, and a list of earlier roundups is available.

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Press releases : Dec 18 - Dec 24

12/20 - DHS to Address Life, Safety, Environmental, and Remediation Requirements for Border Barrier Projects Previously Undertaken by DoD (DHS)

12/20 - Department of Defense Releases Report on Countering Extremist Activities and Outlines Next Steps (DOD; direct to memo and report and background briefing)

12/20 - EPA Finalizes Greenhouse Gas Standards for Passenger Vehicles, Paving Way for a Zero-Emissions Future (EPA; direct to final rule page)

12/20 - OSC Assists USDA Employee Unlawfully Disciplined for Submitting an Article on Animal Welfare in U.S. Research Facilities (OSC; see also, related GovExec article)

12/21 - Estimates Show Slowest Growth on Record for the Nation’s Population (Census)

12/21 - ICE Announces Use of Body Worn Cameras in New Pilot Program (DHS)

12/21 - DOE Establishes New Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (DOE)

12/21 - Statement by Attorney General Merrick B. Garland [on home confinement of federal prisoners] (DOJ, with link to OLC opinion)

12/21 - EPA’s New Report Shows How Climate Change is Influencing Seasonal Events in the U.S. and Impacting Peoples’ Health and Environment (EPA; direct to report page)

12/21 - FAA-Fined Unruly Passengers to Lose TSA PreCheck® (FAA)

12/22 - U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo Highlights Key 2021 Departmental Accomplishments (DOC)

12/22 - Biden-Harris Administration Extends Student Loan Pause Through May 1, 2022 (ED)

12/22 - EPA Proposes to Withdraw and Reconsider 2020 Decision on State of Oklahoma’s Regulatory Authority Within Indian Country (EPA; direct to info page)

12/22 - USGS Releases Strategy for Addressing PFAS Science Gaps (USGS; direct to report page)

Bills Signed into Law : Dec 18 - Dec 24

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.

12/22 - S.3377 Capitol Police Emergency Assistance Act of 2021 - To empower the Chief of the United States Capitol Police to unilaterally request the assistance of the DC National Guard or Federal law enforcement agencies in emergencies without prior approval of the Capitol Police Board

12/23 - H.R.6256 To ensure that goods made with forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China do not enter the United States market

Congressional Budget Office / Congressional Research Service / Government Accountability Office : Dec 18 - Dec 24

Congressional Hearings : Dec 18 - Dec 24

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None this week