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Government publications in the news durring 2022.

Documents in the news for 2022

Throughout the year government information specialists share document mentioned in the news. One of these individuals is Ben Amata who shares many articles and whose submissions make up the majority of these.

This years submission come from Ben Amata, David Durant, Patrice McDermott, Albert Chapman, Vicki Tate, Ronnie Joiner, and Toby Green.

Andrew Dudash, librarian at Penn State University Libraries has been working on a project to capture federal documents in the news. This great collection includes stories from previous years and is a great resource.

Raik Zaghloul at Schaffer Library Union College has a great guide just focused on the January 6th investigations.

There are 100 stories listed but these are only a sample of documents that made the news. Of these there are 33 that are just related to the investigation of documents at Mar-a-Lago and those are in a separate section to the right.

Stories of 2022

January

On January 5th, 2022 the Maricopa County Elections Department released its report titled, Correcting the Record: Maricopa County's In-Depth Analysis of the Senate Inquiry. “Correcting the Record concluded that nearly every finding by the Senate’s contractors included faulty analysis, inaccurate claims, misleading conclusions, and a lack of understanding of federal and state election laws."

January 15th, NPR reports that Trump officials interfered with the 2020 census beyond cutting it short, this is based on emails obtained by the Brennan Center.

January 27th, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) audit report is declassified. Afghan Air Forces: DOD Has Taken Steps to Develop Afghan Aviation Capability but Continued U.S. Support is Needed to Sustain Forces. “DOD has reported that the Afghan air forces continue to show progress in combat operation capabilities, pilot and ground crew proficiency, as well as air-to-ground integration. However, the air forces continue to struggle with human capital limitations, leadership challenges, aircraft misuse, and a dependence on contractor logistic support (CLS).”

January 27th, Covid-19 conspiracies regarding biological warfare were not new as David Durant published a blog post: “False Alarm:” Communist Allegations of Biological warfare in the Korean war and shared the Libguide The Cold War and Internal Security Collection (CWIS).


February

February 3rd , the Washington Post published a story about, and released an NSA memo regarding foreign influence in the Department of Defense and 2020 election fraud.

February 10th NBC News reports that the CIA is secretly collecting bulk data pertaining to Americans based on a letter sent by Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico send in April 2021.

February 16th, 2022 the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of the Interior released a report that Former Secretary Did Not Comply With Ethical Obligations and Duty of Candor. This was reported on by the Washington Post.

February 18th, the White House Council on Environmental Quality released the Draft Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool, Key Component in the Implementation of President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative. This was the result of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council Final Recommendations released May 21, 2021.

February 23rd, A report, Spreading like Wildfire: The Rising Threat of Extraordinary Landscape Fires, by UNEP and GRID-Arendal, finds climate change and land-use change are causing wildfires to worsen and increasing the occurrence of extreme fires.

February 28th, a bipartisan letter from the Senate asks President to “promptly take all necessary steps to ensure that Ukrainian nationals present in the United States are not forced to return to Ukraine, including the designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).”


March

March, IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C is “based on the assessment of around 6,000 peer-review publications most of them published in the last few years. This Special Report confirms that climate change is already affecting people, ecosystems and livelihoods all around the world. It shows that limiting warming to 1.5ºC is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics but would require unprecedented transitions in all aspects of society.”

March 2nd, NBC news reported on the January 6th committee and a court filing a complaint against John Eastman who refused to provided documents and “attempting to conceal a range of relevant documents behind claims of attorney-client privilege and work-product protection.”

March 3rd , Bert Chapmen at Perdue shared a collection of military materials and presented on Urban Warfare: Emerging Geopolitical Conundrum. Russia started the invasion of Ukraine on February 24th.

March 11th,  NPR reports on the 2020 Census undercount of Black people, Latinos and Native Americans, while overcounting people who identified as white and not Latino, according to estimates from a report the U.S. Census Bureau released in March.

March 23rd, Secretary of State, Secretary Blinken issues a statement on Russian’s war crimes against Ukrainian civilians.

March 24th, the Foreign Policy Research Institute published an article Waiting for the Documents: The Function of U.S. National and Defense Strategic Documents. One of those documents is the National Security Strategy which was published October 12.

 


April

April 13th, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) published a report Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. “The mission identified numerous violations of IHL which constitute war crimes, if the responsible individuals can be found. These violations included mistreatment of prisoners of war, deliberate killing of civilians, deliberate attacks against civilians and against civilian objects, including schools, hospitals or cultural property, or the failure to respect the principles of distinction, proportionality, and precautions.”

April 18th, “The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted today two Federal Register notices on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ukraine and Sudan.” On April 21st the Congressional Research Service released an updated document: Designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status: Impact and Other Considerations.

On April 22nd the January 6th Committee posted court filing against Mark Meadows. “The Select Committee received certain documentation from Mr. Meadows, including 2,319 text messages from Mr. Meadows’s private phone as well as privilege logs claiming executive, attorney-client, and marital privilege for many documents and text messages that Mr. Meadows refused to produce.” On April 25th CNN published a selection of the texts.

April 29th, the FBI releases more information related to the 9/11 attacks in response to Biden’s declassification order from September 3rd 2021.


May

May 2nd Politico runs an article Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows based on a leaked copy of the decision.  The leak will be investigated and the opinion Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is released on June 24th.

May 3rd, CBS reports on the Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary “changed and delayed an intelligence report detailing Russian interference in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.”  The redacted report is dated April 26th, 2022.

May 11th, the World Meteorological Organization releases WMO update: 50:50 chance of global temperature temporarily reaching 1.5°C threshold in next five years. “This study shows – with a high level of scientific skill – that we are getting measurably closer to temporarily reaching the lower target of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The 1.5°C figure is not some random statistic. It is rather an indicator of the point at which climate impacts will become increasingly harmful for people and indeed the entire planet,” said WMO Secretary-General Prof. Petteri Taalas.”

May 11th, The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Drought in Numbers 2022 is released. One finding is “More than 10 million people lost their lives due to major drought events in the past century, causing several hundred billion USD in economic losses worldwide, and the numbers are rising.”

May 19th, NPR reports that 14 states had significant miscounts in the 2020 Census. A Census report issued in June states “We estimated undercounts for Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas. We estimated overcounts for Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio,Rhode Island, and Utah.”


June

June 3rd, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released an article Carbon dioxide now more than 50% higher than pre-industrial levels.

June 2022, LTS staff members completed the records for the 57 current committees and commissions. They cataloged 49 new records and adapted eight OCLC records. Most of the records contain a PURL to the live site and a PURL to NARA’s landing page of harvests conducted at the end of the 109th Congress (2006) through the 116th Congress (2020).

June 24th, the Supreme Court releases the Dobbs opinion reversing Roe v Wade.

July 12th, the public gets to see the First Images from the James Webb Space Telescope.

Carina Nebula

June 15th, a letter from the Department of Justice asks the January 6th committee to share their information.  


July

July 15th, CNN reports Secret Service erased text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021. This is based on a letter to the Committee on Homeland Security from the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security.

July 17nd, the Investigative Committee on the Robb Elementary School (Uvalde) Shooting - Interim Report, Texas House of Representatives is released. It is also available on Policy Commons. The shooting which resulted in the deaths of 19 students and two teachers occurred on May 24th.

July 21st, GPO Catalogs Congressional Committee and Commissions Websites. At the FDLP community’s request, GPO’s Library Technical Services (LTS) has cataloged the websites of the House, Senate, and joint committees and commissions.

July 27th,  "The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking to move forward with a sodium-cooled fast test reactor at Idaho National Laboratory."- "Department of Energy looks to proceed with Versatile Test Reactor at INL." DOE press release includes illustrations.


August

August 17th, The House Foreign Affairs Committee Republicans released this interim Afghanistan withdrawal assessment report:  House Republican Interim Report “A ‘Strategic Failure’: Assessing the

Administration’s Afghanistan Withdrawal

August 18th, DOE Projects Monumental Emissions Reduction From Inflation Reduction Act, The Inflation Reduction Act fact sheet. The act (H.R. 5376) was signed into law on August 16th.

August 19th, the DC Court of Appeals ordered DOJ to release a Mueller memo.

August 24th, NPR reports the release of a memo by Bill Barr on the decision not to prosecute Trump. Sanford Digital Repository captured the document.

August 24th, President Biden Announces Student Loan Relief for Borrowers Who Need It Most

August 25th, the DOJ releases a 2019 memo Review of the Special Counsel’s Report, to evaluate “Volume II of the Special Counsel's Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election to determine whether the facts recited therein would support initiating or declining the prosecution of the President for obstruction of justice under the Principles of Federal Prosecution, without regard to any constitutional barrier to such a prosecution under Article II of the U.S. Constitution.”

 


September

September 8th, Michigan District Court judge Middlebrooks dismissed Trump's suit against Hilary Clinton.

September 9th, the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel releases the declassified memo regarding the 9/11 commission: Commission Meeting with the President and Vice President of the United States 29 April 2004, 9:25-12:40

September 12th, In response to Geoffrey Berman's book, "Holding the Line," Senator Durban (D Illinois), Judiciary Committee Chair, submitted a letter to Attorney General Garland requesting communications concerning allegations in the book on “high-ranking Trump administration appointees pressured the SDNY U.S. Attorney’s Office to prosecute critics of the former president and protect the former president and his allies..

September 27th, The EPA publishes the Environmental Justice webpage.

 


October

October 2nd, Rolling Stone publishes an article Aretha Franklin Was Tracked By the FBI for 40 Years. Here’s What’s In Her File. The records are available in the FBI Vault- Aretha Franklin Part 01

October 3rd, a number of news outlets reported on an amicus brief from satirical newspaper The Onion in support of an individual arrested for making fun of police: Docket for 22-293. Anthony Novak, Petitioner v. City of Parma, Ohio, et al. City of Parma, Ohio, et al. Brief amicus curiae of The Onion. “Americans can be put in jail for poking fun at the government? This was a surprise to America’s Finest News Source and an uncomfortable learning experience for its editorial team. Indeed, “Ohio Police Officers Arrest, Prosecute Man Who Made Fun of Them on Facebook” might sound like a headline ripped from the front pages of The Onion—albeit one that’s considerably less amusing because its subjects are real.”

October 5th, FBI Releases 2021 Crime in the Nation Statistics, NPR reported on changes in the way data is collected and the National Incident-Based Reporting System.

October 10th, Heatwaves account for some of the deadliest disasters and are intensifying: warn OCHA, IFRC

October 13th, Former President Trump issued a letter to Chairman Thompson, January 6 Committee's decision to subpoena him.

October 17th, S.4791 - A bill to amend section 301 of title 44, United States Code, to establish a term for the appointment of the Director of the Government Publishing Office. The bill becomes law.

October 17th Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis releases a report. “The Report is the third installment detailing findings from investigation into Trump Administration’s political interference with federal coronavirus response.”

October 26th, the Department of Defense makes its report to Congress: Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China.

October 27th, DOD released the National Defense Strategy 2022 and a fact sheet.

October 27th,  Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon released an Office of Intelligence and Analysis report from April 20, 2021, detailing Department of Homeland Security (DHS) compiled dossiers on arrested protesters, surveillance and “questionable intelligence activities” regarding Portland demonstrators in 2020.”


November

November 7th, the Department of Justice releases a statement announcing their plans to “monitor compliance with federal voting rights laws in 64 jurisdictions in 24 states for the Nov. 8, 2022 general election.”  Brad McVay, General Counsel for the Florida Department of State, denied they had a right to be present in polling places.

November 19nd, The independent public inquiry to examine the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK, chaired by the Right Honourable Baroness Heather Hallett DBE announces it has “launched a new online form which anyone can use to share their experiences of the pandemic directly with the Inquiry.”

November 22nd, Power and profiteering: how certain industries hiked prices, fleeced consumers, and drove inflation : hearing before the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, second session, September 22, 2022.

November 28th, Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse requested an ethics investigation regarding outside influence on Supreme Court Justices. This was partly in response to a New York Times article published on November 19th claiming Justice Alito leaked the 2014 Burwell v Hobby Lobby ruling (pg 682). Supreme Court Legal Counsel Ethan Torrey responded “there is nothing to suggest that Justice Alito’s actions violated ethics standards.”

 


December

December 8th, The House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing: “Undue Influence: ‘Operation Higher Court’ and Politicking at SCOTUS” including Rev. Robert Schenck who claimed advance notice of the Hobby Lobby opinion.

December 12th,  After the 11th Circuit decision Judge Cannon admits lack of jurisdiction.

December 15th, The National Archives and Records Administration releases additional JFK Assassination records.

December 16th, The Department of Energy reverses the revocation of Dr. Oppenheimer’s security clearance “to correct the historical record and honor Dr. Oppenheimer’s profound contributions to our national defense and the scientific enterprise at large.”

December 22nd the Final Report of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capital is released. GPO starts preorders for the Final Report For Select Committee On The Attack On The US Capitol.

December 23rd, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 is passed

December 25th, NPR celebrates the James Webb Space Telescope, launched the year before. Images from the Webb have made the news since the first images were released. The images have had over a million views.

NASA’s Webb Catches Fiery Hourglass as New Star Forms

December 27th,  the fiscal year 2023 Appropriations Bill “The bill provides $294.8 million, an increase of $26.8 million or 10 percent over fiscal year 2022, for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).” HR 2617 became part of H.R. 4373 which was signed on December 27th.

December 28th, did you know Social Security denies disability benefits based on a list of with jobs from 1977? Or does it? “First published in 1939, The Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) groups jobs based on their similarities and defines the structure and content of all listed occupations.” The Social Security Administration states it uses a 1991 revision of the DOT, (there is also a department of labor database called O*Net but SSA doesn’t use it) and “The Social Security Administration (SSA) is developing a new Occupational Information System (OIS), which will replace the DOT as the primary source of occupational information for use in the SSA disability adjudication process. SSA intends to have the OIS operational and to make necessary regulatory and policy updates by 2020.” The OIS is not being used yet.

December 29th, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announces it will get on the right foot. The agency announced "On New Year’s Eve, the two federal agency partners [National Institute of Standards and Technology] will officially retire the use of one of two measuring feet, to reduce surveying errors that can cost money. Discontinuing the use of the U.S. survey foot and embracing of its replacement — the international foot — are also part of NOAA’s modernization of the National Spatial Reference System."

Legal documents related to former President Trump's storage of presidential papers.

January

January 19th the Supreme Court issues an opinion on the “questions whether and in what circumstances a former President may obtain a court order preventing disclosure of privileged records from his tenure in office, in the face of a determination by the incumbent President to waive the privilege, are unprecedented and raise serious and substantial concerns.”


February

February 9th, the Washington Post has an article on the National Archives contacting the DOJ regarding the destruction of records. CNN also reported on this on February 8th with descriptions of how records were handled and questions about 15 boxes of materials. The National Archives have a webpage on Records Released In Response to Presidential Records Act (PRA) questions under the Trump Administration.

February 22. The Supreme Court formally denied former President Trump's request for executive privilege to deny the January 6th committee's access to his presidential records. Multiple petitions, briefs, and other records are available on the Supreme Court Website.


August

August 14th the Times article "Trump Lawyer Asserted Return of Secret Papers Was Completed by June."

Judge Juan Antonio Gonzalez approved the search and seizure warrant for presidential documents at Mar-a-Lago on August 11th.  Sanford Digital Repository captured the document.

August 18th, the Wall Street Journal reports that a redacted version of the Mar-a-Lago search warrant will be unsealed. On December 27 the Congressional Research Service released The Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant: A Legal Introduction.

August 24th, NARA issues an Update on Trump Administration Presidential Records.

August 26th, a Forbes article describes how PACER website temporarily crashed from the large number of requests for the redacted affidavit.

August 27th, Judge Aileen Cannon from the SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDAWEST PALM BEACH DIVISION, issued a two-page order to review Trump's request for a special master.

August 29th, Judge Cannon recommends a special master to review seized property. DOJ attorney's alerted the court that they already have reviewed the documents.

August 31st, CNN reports on the Justice Department's response to Trump's request for a special master. A DOJ filing on the motion to appoint a special master was filed the previous day.  A response to the DOJ filing, Movent’s Reply to United States’ Response to Motion for Judicial Oversight and Additional Relief is filed.


September

September 5th, Judge Cannon issues an Order stating “The Court hereby authorizes the appointment of a special master to review the seized property for personal items and documents and potentially privileged material subject to claims of attorney-client and/or executive privilege.”

September 8th, DOJ submitted a filing asking “the judge to reconsider her injunction on the DOJ's review of classified material and its ongoing criminal investigation.”

September 12th, former President Trump's attorneys argue “There is no legitimate contention that the Chief Executive’s declassification of documents requires approval of bureaucratic components of the

executive branch.”

September 13th, House Committee on Oversite and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney asks the Acting Archivist of the United States, Debra Wall,  to have NARA “seek a personal certification from Donald Trump that he has surrendered all presidential records that he illegally removed from the White House after leaving office.

September 15th, Judge Cannon denied DOJ's request for a stay pertaining to the 100 top secret documents. 

September 16th, DOJ appeal. Although the government believes the district court fundamentally erred in appointing a special master and granting injunctive relief, the government seeks to stay only the portions of the order causing the most serious and immediate harm to the government and the public by (1) restricting the government's review and use of records bearing classification markings and (2) requiring the government to disclose those records for a special-master review process. This Court should grant that modest but critically important relief for three reasons.

September 20th, Trump lawyer’s response to the DOJ appeal.

September 21st, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision.

September 27th, Letter to Judge Dearie “Plaintiff informed us this morning that none of the five document-review vendors proposed by the government before last Tuesday’s preliminary conference were willing to be engaged by Plaintiff.”

September 30th, DOJ filed a request for access to the remaining documents found at Mar-a-Lago.

September 30th, the Active Archivist of the United States, Debra Wall writes to Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney “While there is no easy way to establish absolute accountability, we do know that we do not have custody of everything we should.”


October

October 3rd, Trump's lawyers filed a motion opposing the government's 11th Circuit appeal for access to the remaining documents.

October 4th, Application to vacate the Eleventh Circuit’s stay of an order issued by the United States district court for the Southern District of Florida. “President Trump respectfully applies for an order vacating to a limited extent the order issued on September 21, 2022, by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.”

October 7thSpecial Master Order “The Special Master has reviewed the Filter Log and has confirmed that Plaintiff is not asserting attorney-client privilege or attorney work product doctrine for the above-listed documents.”

October 11th,  Response in opposition to the application to vacate in part the partial stay issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The Solicitor General respectfully files this response in opposition to the application for a partial vacatur of the Eleventh Circuit's order partially staying the September 5, 2022 order of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

October 13th, The application to vacate the stay entered by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on September 21, 2022, presented to Justice Thomas and by him referred to the

Court is denied.

October 14th, “This appeal stems from an unprecedented order by the district court restricting an ongoing criminal investigation by prohibiting the Executive Branch from reviewing and using evidence-including highly classified government records-recovered in a court-authorized search. Before the search, Plaintiff, former President Donald J. Trump, had represented in response to a grand-jury subpoena that he had returned all records bearing classification markings.”

October 19th, Judge Carter ordered attorney Eastman, advisor to former president Trump, furnish emails to the January 6th Committee.

October 20th, DOJ submitted a letter to the special master disputing Trump's claims over certain documents being personal property.


November

November 12th, The Department of Justice provides Judge Dearie with a color-coded log of documents seized from Mar-a-Lago.

November 18th, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers Remarks on the Appointment of a Special Counsel.


December

December 1st, the 11th Circuit issued its decision ending the special master's review.

December 20th (updated) the National Archives publishes Press Statements in Response to Media Queries About Presidential Records