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*

2:00 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT attends a U.S. Space Command basing briefing | White House Situation Room

Recap of Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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

The White House

  • Readout from the Trump Administration’s 41st Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response & Best Practices
  • Nominations/Appointments:  President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint the Following Individuals to Key Administration Posts

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Readout for Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller’s Phone Call With South Korea Defense Minister Suh
  • Speech:  Acting Defense Secretary Miller Announcement on Afghanistan, Iraq Troop Levels
  • Article:  U.S. Will Draw Down Forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, Acting Secretary Says
  • Transcript:  Acting Defense Secretary Miller Announces Troop Levels in Afghanistan, Iraq
  • Press Release:  DOD Announces Rare Earth Element Awards to Strengthen Domestic Industrial Base
  • Press Release:  U.S. Successfully Conducts SM-3 Block IIA Intercept Test against an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Target
  • Article:  DOD Works With Partner Nations to Avoid Civilian Casualties During War
  • Article:  DOD-Wide Audit Improves Efficiencies to Benefit Warfighter
  • Article:  DOD Diversity Must Start With Youngest Americans
  • Contracts for November 17, 2020

Department of State

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on travel to Georgia, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia from November 18-23.

  • Daily Schedule | Wednesday, November 18
  • November 17:  Fact Sheet | Strengthening Transatlantic Ties with Georgia
  • November 17:  Statement | The United States Welcomes Cessation of Hostilities Between Armenia and Azerbaijan and Announces New Assistance to Respond to the Nagorno-Karabakh Humanitarian Emergency
  • November 17:  Readout | Under Secretary Hale’s Call with Moldovan President-Elect Sandu
  • November 17:  Statement | United States and United Kingdom Sign Civil Air Transport Agreement
  • November 17:  Statement | The United States Leads the Fight Against Foreign Bribery and Transnational Corruption
  • November 17:  Sanctions | State Department Designates Two Senior Al-Shabaab Leaders as Terrorists
  • November 17:  Transcript | Briefing With Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador Nathan A. Sales On Terrorist Designations of Al-Shabaab Leaders
  • November 17:  Statement | Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel D. Brownback On the 2020 Ministerial to Advance Freedom of Religion or Belief and the International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance Ministers’ Forum
  • November 17:  Statement | The United States Condemns the Attack on Eritrea by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front
  • November 17:  Statement | The U.S. Department of State to Honor Locally Employed Staff Hella and Badye Ladhari as Heroes of U.S. Diplomacy
  • November 17:  Statement | Office of the Historian, Foreign Service Institute Release of Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977–1980, Volume XI, Part 1, Iran: Hostage Crisis, November 1979–September 1980

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Press Release:  Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week
  • Press Release:  USAID to Launch New, Continent-Wide Prosper Africa Program in Trade and Investment
  • Readout:  USAID Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa’s Meeting with the Government of Uzbekistan

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

  • Press Release:  Wounded Warrior Preaches the Importance of Intelligence

Department of the Treasury

  • Press Release:  Treasury International Capital Data for September

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release:  OECD Working Group on Bribery Issues Report Commending United States for Maintaining Leading Role in the Fight Against Transnational Corruption
  • Press Release:  SEC Adopts Rules to Facilitate Electronic Submission of Documents to the Agency

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release:  OECD Working Group on Bribery Issues Report Commending United States for Maintaining Leading Role in the Fight Against Transnational Corruption
  • Joint Statement by Attorney General of the United States William P. Barr and Fiscalía General of Mexico Alejandro Gertz Manero  (re: the U.S. arrest of former Mexican Secretary of National Defense General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda was arrested in Los Angeles, California and subsequent cooperation on bilateral investigations and charges)
  • Press Release:  Former CEO Charged in Schemes to Defraud U.S. Government Related to the Conflict in Afghanistan
  • Press Release:  Seven Charged in Connection with a COVID-Relief Fraud Scheme Involving more than 80 Fraudulent Loan Applications Worth Approximately $16 Million
  • Press Release:  Justice Department Alleges Conditions at Massachusetts Department of Corrections Violate the Constitution
  • Press Release:  Gulf Coast Health Care Fraud Strike Force Expanded to Include Eastern District of Texas
  • Statement from Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey B. Wall on the Passing of Former Solicitor General Drew S. Days III

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/ Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

  • Press Release:  Convicted Sex Offender Arrested by Border Patrol (California)
  • Press Release:  Half a Million Dollars Worth of Meth Seized at Checkpoint (Arizona)
  • Press Release:  BP Arrests Convicted Sex Offender Near Douglas (Arizona)
  • Press Release:  CBP Officers at the Roma Port of Entry Seize Over $600,000 in Methamphetamine (Texas)
  • Press Release:  Convicted Sex Offender Arrested by Border Patrol Agents (Texas)
  • Press Release:  CBP Officers Help Save Life Of Woman In Distress (Texas)
  • Press Release:  CBP Field Operations Scores Big with $11 Million Methamphetamine Seizure at Pharr International Bridge (Texas)
  • Press Release:  Over $1.3M of Counterfeit Currency Intercepted by CBP Officers in Chicago (Illinois)
  • Press Release:  CBP Officers Seize Items worth Approximately $2 Million during the month of October (New York)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release:  FEMA Provides $1.6 Million to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (Illinois)
  • Press Release:  After Colorado Wildfires, the Time to Buy Flood Insurance is Now (Colorado)
  • Press Release:  FEMA Awards $9.69 Million for Hurricane Irma Recovery in Florida
  • Press Release:  Use FEMA Grants for Intended Purpose (Florida)
  • Press Release:  Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Arecibo (Puerto Rico)

Department of Commerce

  • Blog:  Spotlight on Commerce | Kevin Cooley Director, Office of Planning & Programming for Service Delivery, National Weather Service

US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

  • Press Release:  DFC Announces New $2.5 Billion Ocean Plastics Initiative

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release:  EXIM Chairman Reed Addresses Tacoma, Washington Businesses on How to Boost International Sales Through Exports
  • Press Release:  EXIM Board Member Bachus Presents Lender of the Year Award to Regions Bank
  • Press Release:  EXIM Chairman Reed Presents Exporter of the Year Award to The Software Revolution, Inc.

Department of Energy

  • Press Release:  DOE to Provide $100 Million for High Energy Physics Research

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release:  United States and the United Kingdom Sign New Open Skies Agreement

Department of Labor

  • Press Release:  UPDATED | U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Announces $2,851,533 in Coronavirus Violations

Department of Education

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Education Delivers on Trump Administrations STEM Strategy with Historic Investment

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release:  HHS Launches First-of-its-Kind Regulatory Clean-Up Initiative Utilizing AI
  • Press Release:  HHS Seeks Public Input on Leveraging Novel Technologies for Chronic Disease Management for Aging Underserved Populations

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release:  FDA Authorizes First COVID-19 Test for Self-Testing at Home
  • Press Release:  Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | November 17, 2020
  • Press Release:  FDA’s Ongoing Commitment to Transparency for COVID-19 EUAs

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

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