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U.S. Government Information: WR 12/19/20

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 19 - Dec 25

12/22 - Mortality in the United States, 2019 (CDC)

12/22 - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Settles with Student Loan Servicers Discover Bank, The Student Loan Corporation, and Discover Products, Inc. for Violating a Bureau Consent Order and Other Unlawful Practices (CFPB)

12/22 - DHS Warns American Businesses About Data Services and Equipment from Firms Linked to Chinese Government (DHS)

12/22 - Air Force Releases Findings of Racial Disparity Review (DOD; direct to report)

12/22 - Department of Justice Files Nationwide Lawsuit Against Walmart Inc. for Controlled Substances Act Violations (DOJ)

12/22 - U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule To Amend Tipped Employee Regulations (DOL; direct to rule; see also, Murray Slams Trump DOL for Last Minute Rule Allowing Employers to Steal Tips from Workers)

12/22 - Air Force EEO Director Removed From Position for Improper Handling of Sexual Harassment, Discrimination Allegations (OSC)

12/22 - Wall Street Journal OpEd: USGS Gets Politics Out of Climate Forecasts (USGS; see also, referenced report)

12/22 - Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Grants of Clemency (White House; see also, 12/23 statement on additional clemency)

12/23 - Transportation Statistics Annual Report 2020 (BTS; direct to report)

12/23 - EPA Finalizes Ozone NAAQS, Retaining Current Standards (EPA; direct to decision & fact sheet)

12/23 - Iranian Cyber Actors Responsible for Website Threatening U.S. Election Officials (FBI)

12/23 - FCC Submits TRACED Act Annual Report 2020 to Congress (FCC)

12/23 - FY 2020: ICE annual report highlights operational successes in year shrouded by COVID-19 (ICE; direct to report)

Bills Signed into Law: Dec 19 - Dec 25

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.134 - Combat Online Predators Act: increases the maximum prison term for a stalking offense, if the victim is under 18 years of age

12/22 - S.1153 - Stop Student Debt Relief Scams Act of 2019: establishes criminal penalties for unauthorized access of certain student loan information and expands the requirements for student loan exit counseling


Congressional Budget Office / Congressional Research Service / Government Accountability Office : Dec 19 - Dec 25