US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

*The US President (POTUS) and Vice President’s (VPOTUS) daily schedules are subject to change.

The President has no public events scheduled.

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

3:00 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT leads a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting | White House Situation Room

Recap of Monday, November 16, 2020

Note: All bold hyperlinks spotlight COVID-19 and reopening developments.

The White House

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Publication:  Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller’s Message to the Department (re: outlines goals)
  • Press Release:  DOD Completes Fiscal Year 2020 Department-Wide Financial Statement Audit
  • Article:  Small Businesses Key to Nation’s Defense
  • Press Release:  DOD Awards $6.18 Million Contract to Medline Industries, Inc. to Increase Domestic Production Capacity of Surgical Masks
  • Article:  Norquist Highlights DOD Efforts to Produce COVID Treatments
  • Contracts for November 16, 2020

Department of State

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on travel to Turkey, Georgia, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia from November 17-23

  • Daily Schedule | Tuesday, November 17
  • November 16:  Readout | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with French President Macron
  • November 16:  Readout | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with French Foreign Minister Le Drian
  • November 16:  Transcript | Senior State Department Officials Briefing to Traveling Press
  • November 16:  Advisory | Assistant Secretary Marie Royce Travels to the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Kazakhstan (Nov. 16-28)
  • November 16:  Statement | International Education Week Kicks Off with Open Doors Report

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Press Release:  The United States Provides $18 Million to Support Medical Oxygen Systems in Countries Affected by COVID-19

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release:  SEC Chairman Jay Clayton Confirms Plans to Conclude Tenure at Year End

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release:  The China Initiative | Year-in-Review (2019-20)
  • Press Release:  Pennsylvania Man Charged with Trafficking in Endangered and Invasive Fish
  • Press Release:  Former Police Officer and Gangster Disciples Member Sentenced to Prison
  • Press Release:  Medicare Advantage Provider to Pay $6.3 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations
  • Press Release:  Justice Department Settles with the Commissioner of the Revenue for Caroline County, Virginia to Resolve Disability Discrimination Complaint
  • Press Release:  Justice Department Settles with School Board to Resolve Immigration-Related Discrimination Claims

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)/Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

  • Press Release:  AMO Intercepts Panga Boat with 23 illegal Aliens adrift off the coast of Southern California (California)
  • Press Release:  Border Patrol Technology Assists in Methamphetamine Seizure (California)
  • Press Release:  Yuma Sector Canine Team Arrests Man Smuggling a Kilogram of Fentanyl Inside Bicycle Frame (Arizona)
  • Press Release:  More than Half a Million Dollars of Marijuana Seized at Freer Checkpoint (Texas)
  • Press Release:  Alien Smuggling Attempt Disrupted by Collaborative DHS Agency Work (Texas)
  • Press Release:  CBP Officers Stop Man with a Gun and $81,000 in speaker box (Texas)
  • Press Release:  Five Criminal Aliens Arrested in the Rio Grande Valley (Texas)
  • Press Release:  Rio Grande Valley Agents Discover Abandoned Four Year Old Amongst Large Group (Texas)
  • Press Release:  Over $1.5M of Narcotics Intercepted by Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol (Texas)
  • Press Release:  Human Smuggling Attempts Result in 74 Apprehensions in the Rio Grande Valley (Texas)
  • Press Release:  AMO Seized 489 Pounds of Cocaine near Vieques, Puerto Rico; Three Men Arrested (Puerto Rico)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release:  FEMA Releases National Risk Index: New Online Data Shows Natural Hazards Risks for Communities
  • Press Release:  Wildfire Survivors Have One Month Left to Register for FEMA Aid (California)
  • Press Release:  Mobile Registration Intake Center Open in Lassen County (California)
  • Press Release:  Deadline to Register for FEMA Help is 30 Days Away (Louisiana)
  • Press Release:  Two Days Remain to Register with FEMA, Apply for Federal Assistance (Alabama)
  • Press Release:  Two Weeks Remain to Apply for FEMA Assistance for Hurricane Sally in Florida

Department of Energy

  • Press Release:  DOE to Provide $15 Million for New Bioimaging Instrumentation and Approaches

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release:  Aer Lingus – Oneworld Application for Antitrust Immunity

Department of Labor

  • Press Release:  Federal Court Sentences Los Angeles Chiropractor After U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Healthcare Fraud
  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor and Rolls-Royce North America Holdings Enter Agreement to Resolve Alleged Hiring Discrimination
  • Press Release:  Gloucester County, New Jersey, Farm Pays Employee Back Wages For Wrongly Denying Paid Sick Leave After Coronavirus Diagnosis
  • Press Release:  ICYMI | U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers and Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release:  HHS Secretary Azar Statement on Moderna Vaccine Announcement

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release:  Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | November 16, 2020
  • Press Release:  FDA Approves First Intratumoral Injection to Treat Non-Metastatic Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Synopsis of President Trump’s Tweets

  • November 16:  Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward: ‘This Election Is Far from Over’  com
  • November 16:  “Big victory moments ago in the State of Nevada. The all Democrat County Commissioner race, on same ballot as President, just thrown out because of large scale voter discrepancy. Clark County officials do not have confidence in their own election security. Major impact!”  Retweet:  Adam Paul Laxalt @AdamLaxalt · 3h · The Clark County Commission just threw out an election that represents almost 1/6 of the total votes cast in Clark County because there were too many “discrepancies” to be sure that that the results in that election can be certain. 153K votes in this election.…
  • November 16:  “The rate of rejected Mail-In Ballots is 30 X’s lower in Pennsylvania this year than it was in 2016. This is why they kept our poll watchers and observers out of the “SACRED” vote counting rooms!”  [Twitter:  This claim about election fraud is disputed]
  • November 16:  “Georgia won’t let us look at the all important signature match. Without that the recount is MEANINGLESS. Open up unconstitutional Consent Decree, NOW!”  @BrianKempGA  [Twitter:  This claim about election fraud is disputed]
  • November 16:  “European Countries are sadly getting clobbered by the China Virus. The Fake News does not like reporting this!”
  • November 16:  “They will PACK THE COURTS. We won’t let that happen!”
  • November 16:  “The Radical Left Democrats, working with their partner, the Fake News Media, are trying to STEAL this Election. We won’t let them!”  [Twitter:  This claim about election fraud is disputed]
  • November 16:  “Trump Campaign Rejects Media Reports of Changed Pennsylvania Case via @BreitbartNews. Just more Fake News. Harassment and exclusion of our Poll Watchers is a big part of our case. Unconstitutional!”