If we look e.g. ftp://ftp.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/genomes/refseq/bacteria/ we see that the file that is supposed to list all the bacterial genome assemblies was last updated 12/03/2019
However, we also see genome assemblies in that dir that were added later than 12/03/2019, just to give a single example, e.g this
So, either something is very broken or then I have missed some announcement..
Edit. This is the only announcement that could have some relevance in the sense that we know they were going to change things. So, I'm leaning towards something breaking..
Edit. I got a response from the NCBI, there was a bug that stopped the assembly summary files from being updated. The bug is now fixed