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The following are the Congressional Research Service reports published in 2020 that are discussed in this wiki (in reverse chronological order). Those reports that have already been summarized are in blue; those that have not yet been summarized are in red.

[NOTE: CRS Reports are often updated; many are updated multiple times. The links below are to the most recent version of the Report.]



  • The Digital Divide: What Is It, Where Is It, and Federal Assistance Programs (Nov. 17, 2020).
  • Searches and Seizures at the Border and the Fourth Amendment (Nov. 12, 2020).
  • Artificial Intelligence and National Security (updated Nov. 10, 2020).
  • Federal Real Property Data: Limitations and Implications for Oversight (Nov. 5, 2020).


  • Federal Law Enforcement Use of Facial Recognition Technology (Oct. 27, 2020).
  • Semiconductors: U.S. Industry, Global Competition, and Federal Policy (Oct. 26, 2020).
  • TikTok: Technology Overview and Issues (updated Oct. 21, 2020).
  • UPDATE: Section 230 and the Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship (CRS Legal Side Bar LSB10484) (updated Oct. 16, 2020).
  • Overview of Department of Defense Use of the Electromagnetic Spectrum (updated Oct. 8, 2020).
  • DOD Concerns About the FCC-Approved Ligado Network (CRS Insight) (updated Oct. 8, 2020).
  • National Security Implications of Fifth Generation (5G) Mobile Technologies (CRS In Focus) (updated Oct. 8, 2020).


  • TikTok: Technology Overview and Issues (Sept. 29, 2020).
  • Competition Among Video Streaming Services (Sept. 25, 2020).
  • Digital Contact Tracing and Data Protection Law (Sept. 24, 2020).
  • Facial Recognition Technology and Law Enforcement: Select Constitutional Considerations (Sept. 24, 2020).
  • The Net Neutrality Debate: Access to Broadband Networks (updated Sept. 18, 2020).






  • The Office of Technology Assessment: History, Authorities, Issues, and Options (updated Apr. 29, 2020).
  • Quantum Information Science: Congressional Activity and Federal Policy Recommendations (CRS In Focus) (Apr. 28, 2020).
  • Fintech: Overview of Financial Regulators and Recent Policy Approaches (Apr. 28, 2020).
  • Fintech: Overview of Innovative Financial Technology and Selected Policy Issues (Apr. 28, 2020).
  • U.S. Military Electronic Warfare Program Funding: Background and Issues for Congress (updated Apr. 16, 2020).
  • COVID-19, Digital Surveillance, and Privacy: Fourth Amendment Considerations (CRS Legal Sidebar) (Apr. 16, 2020).
  • Cybersecurity: DOD Needs to Take Decisive Actions to Improve Cyber Hygiene (GAO-20-241) (Apr. 13, 2020).
  • Defense Primer: Military Use of the Electromagnetic Spectrum (updated Apr. 10, 2020).
  • Federal Communications Commission: Progress Protecting Consumers from Illegal Robocalls (Apr. 10, 2020).
  • Federal Telework During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Cybersecurity Issues in Brief (Apr. 10, 2020).
  • Cryptocurrency: The Economics of Money and Selected Policy Issues (updated Apr. 9, 2020)
  • Defense Primer: The United States Space Force (CRS In Focus) (Apr. 6, 2020).
  • Science & Tech Spotlight: CRISPR Gene Editing (GAO-20-478SP) (Apr. 7, 2020).


  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Processing Changes Due to COVID-19: In Brief (Mar. 27, 2020).
  • Science & Tech Spotlight: 5G Wireless (reissued with revisions on Mar. 27, 2020) (GAO-20-412SP) (Mar. 26, 2020).
  • Data Flows, Online Privacy, and Trade Policy (updated Mar. 26, 2020).
  • National Security Implications of Fifth Generation (5G) Mobile Technologies, CRS In Focus (updated Mar. 25, 2020).
  • Cloud Computing: Background, Status of Adoption by Federal Agencies, and Congressional Activities (updated Mar. 25, 2020).
  • The Cyberspace Solarium Commission: Illuminating Options for Layered Deterrence, CRS In Focus (Mar. 20, 2020).
  • COVID-19: Cybercrime Opportunities and Law Enforcement Response, CRS Insight (Mar. 19, 2020).
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency: Overview and Issues for Congress (updated Mar. 17, 2020).
  • Telehealth and Telemedicine: Frequently Asked Questions (updated Mar. 12, 2020)
  • Telework in Executive Agencies: Background, OPM Guidance, and 116th Congress Legislation Following Coronavirus, CRS In Focus (Mar. 12, 2020).
  • Freedom of Information Act: Federal Agencies' Recent Implementation Efforts (GAO-20-406R) (Mar. 11, 2020).
  • Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA): An Overview (Mar. 10, 2020).
  • The Federal Communications Commission: Current Structure and Its Role in the Changing Telecommunications Landscape (updated Mar. 9, 2020).
  • The Freedom of Information Act: An Introduction, CRS In Focus (Mar. 9, 2020).
  • Business Systems Modernization: DOD Has Made Progress in Addressing Recommendations to Improve IT Management, but More Action Is Needed]] (GAO-20-253) (Mar. 5, 2020).
  • Data Center Optimization: Agencies Report Progress, but Oversight and Cybersecurity Risks Need to Be Addressed (GAO-20-279) (Mar. 5, 2020).



Other CRS Reports[]

The following entries list other CRS Reports by year: