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U.S. Federal Documents: Hot Off The Presses

Northwestern University Libraries have been a U.S. Federal Depository Library since 1876. Our collection includes materials in paper, microfiche, CD-ROM, DVD formats and online formats. This guide is based on a similar guide by Kelly Smith at UCSD.

New Publications

US Global Change Research Program, Climate Science Special Report.  Final Clearance June 27, 2017.  Fifth-Order Draft.
Distributed by the NYTimes, this final draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies was completed this year and is part of the National Climate Assessment, which is congressionally mandated every four years.  The National Academy of Sciences has signed off on the report which is awaiting approval from the administration for official release.

Trafficking in Persons Report 2017
"The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking . . . In the TIP Report, the Department of State places each country onto one of three tiers based on the extent of their governments’ efforts to comply with the “minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking” found in Section 108 of the TVPA."  Annual reports 2001-present are linked to this page.

Congressional Budget Office, H.R. 1628 American Health Care Act of 2017
CBO and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have completed an estimate of the direct spending and revenue effects of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017, as passed by the House of Representatives.  May 24, 2017.

Budget FY 2018 - America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again, Budget of the United States Government
An overview of the President’s budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2018, released March 16, 2017.  May 23, 2017 release of FY2018 Budget, Analytical Perspectives, Appendices, Historical Tables, and additional supporting materials.

Background to "Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections": The Analytic Process and Cyber Incident Attribution,
A declassified version of a highly classified assessment that has been provided to the President and to recipients approved by the President.  January 7, 2017.

Review of the Disclosures of Former National Security Agency Contractor Edward Snowden
by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for the 114th Congress. September 15, 2016. Declassified and printed December 23, 2016.  H.R. Report 114-891.

The Economic Report of the President 2017
From the Council of Economic Advisers, released January 2017 (released electronically 12/22/2016). An important vehicle for presenting the Administration’s domestic and international economic policies, it provides an overview of the nation's economic progress with text and extensive data appendices. Archive back to 1995 (available to all); Archive to 1947 (available to NU-affiliated users via HeinOnline); Available in print 1951-present (available to all).

Income & Poverty in the United States: 2015,   Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2015, and The Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2015, were all released on Sept 13, 2016.

FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (S.337)
Sent to the President on June 22 and expected to be signed by President Obama shortly, perhaps on July 4, 2016, 50 years after the original Freedom of Information Act legislation was passed.

The Budget for the U.S. Government, FY 2017 was released by the Obama Administration on February 9, 2016 at 11m EST.  The Budget will be available as a mobile web app and electronically on

Note: The Historical Tables will be available only in digital format on and OMB’s website.

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