Department of Health and Human Services: Federal Health Agencies Unveil National Tool to Measure Health Impacts of Environmental Burdens

Department of Health and Human Services: Federal Health Agencies Unveil National Tool to Measure Health Impacts of Environmental Burdens . “Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Environmental Justice, announce the release of the Environmental Justice Index (EJI). The EJI builds off existing environmental justice indexes to provide a single environmental justice score for local communities across the United States so that public health officials can identify and map areas most at risk for the health impacts of environmental burden.”

US Government Accountability Office: Federal Spending Data Quality—Is This As Good As It Gets? Auditors Say It Can Be Better

US Government Accountability Office: Federal Spending Data Quality—Is This As Good As It Gets? Auditors Say It Can Be Better. “The DATA Act—which Congress passed in 2014—requires agencies to publicly report high-quality spending data on USAspending.gov to create transparency in government spending. But 8 years later, audits by offices of inspector general (OIG) are still saying that agencies could do better. Today’s WatchBlog post explores the results from our review of the 57 OIG reports to help Congress, journalists, and the general public identify which spending data they can rely on.”

GPO: GPO Releases Five-Year Strategic Plan Focused on Modernizing and Innovating

GPO: GPO Releases Five-Year Strategic Plan Focused on Modernizing and Innovating. “U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has released its strategic plan for fiscal years 2023–2027. Outlined in the plan are the Agency’s new mission, vision, and values, as well as the four key goals for the next five years: achieve operational excellence; modernize and innovate; ensure financial stability; and develop the workforce.”

NOAA: Biden Administration launches Heat.gov with tools for communities facing extreme heat

NOAA: Biden Administration launches Heat.gov with tools for communities facing extreme heat. “Today, the Biden Administration through the interagency National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) launched Heat.gov, a new website to provide the public and decision-makers with clear, timely and science-based information to understand and reduce the health risks of extreme heat. Heat.gov will provide a one-stop hub on heat and health for the nation and is a priority of President Biden’s National Climate Task Force and its Interagency Working Group on Extreme Heat.”

New Security Beat: Delaying the Inevitable? The Uncertain Future of the EPA’s Online Archive

New Security Beat: Delaying the Inevitable? The Uncertain Future of the EPA’s Online Archive. “Imperfect as the platform might be at present, many of the hundred thousand documents on the EPA archive simply aren’t available elsewhere. For instance, one essential record that will vanish is the 2003 Clear Skies Initiative, which was proposed during the presidency of George W. Bush.”

New York Times: Defense Firm Said U.S. Spies Backed Its Bid for Pegasus Spyware Maker

New York Times: Defense Firm Said U.S. Spies Backed Its Bid for Pegasus Spyware Maker. “Spokesmen for L3Harris and NSO declined to comment about the negotiations between the companies. A spokeswoman for Avril Haines, the director of national intelligence, declined to comment on whether any American intelligence officials quietly blessed the discussions. A spokesman for the Commerce Department declined to give specifics about any discussions with L3 Harris about purchasing NSO.”