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U.S. Government Information: WR 12/28/19

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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Miscellaneous : Dec. 28 - Jan. 3

12/27 - Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Immigration-Related Information Sharing with U.S. Census Bureau (DHS)

12/27 - Disentangling the Effects of the 2018-2019 Tariffs on a Globally Connected U.S. Manufacturing Sector (Federal Reserve)

12/30 – 2019 Census Test Report: see conclusions on p. 30 for statistical significance of including citizenship question (Census)

12/30 – Records Regarding Judgeship Nominations: part 1, part 2 (DOJ FOIA)

12/31 – Records Concerning the Handling of FOIA Requests Seeking a Copy of the Special Counsel’s Report: part 1, part 2, part 3 (DOJ FOIA)

12/31 - Draft reports on four proposed rules: WOTUS, mercury & air toxics standards, strengthening transparency in regulatory science, safer affordable fuel-efficient (SAFE) vehicles (EPA Science Advisory Board)

1/2 - 39 Senators and 168 Representatives sign amicus brief asking Supreme Court to consider overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Se. Pa. v. Casey – see pp. 51-56 for full list of members of Congress (Courts) 

1/2 – Third installment of Mueller memos released (via BuzzFeed FOIA)

1/2 - DHS memo (via Washington Post) on Review of Preventing Targeted Violence Against Faith-Based Communities - HSAC Final Report and Recommendations (DHS)

1/3 – Antonin Scalia (FBI Vault)

Inspector General reports : Dec. 28 - Jan. 3

12/31 - Nationwide Implementation of Women, Infants, and Children Electronic Benefits Transfer (USDA)

1/3 - EPA Can Improve Incident Readiness with Better Management of Homeland Security and Emergency Response Equipment (EPA)

OIG Semiannual Reports to Congress (SARs) for the period April 1, 2019 - September 30, 2019 are now being released. If interested, you can check this page to quickly see which reports are available and link directly to the SAR pages.

Bills Signed into Law: Dec. 28 - Jan. 3

This new section is being added at the request of two readers. Like other sections on this page, links will be selective rather than comprehensive. Information is from; date listed is date signed into law and the description is abbreviated version of bill summary available on that website.

12/30 - H.R. 777: Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2019 (reauthorizes grants that support state and local efforts to process DNA evidence in rape kits)

12/30 - H.R.150 - Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency Act of 2019 (requires the establishment and use of data standards for information reported by recipients of federal grants)

12/30 - S.151 - Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (implements a forfeiture penalty for violations (with or without intent) of the prohibition on certain robocalls)