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.

6:50 a.m. EST – The President participates in a virtual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting | White House Situation Room

2:30 p.m. EST – The President delivers remarks on delivering lower prescription drug prices for all Americans | Roosevelt Room

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

10:15 a.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Washington, D.C., en route Marietta, GA, on Air Force Two

11:55 a.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Marietta, GA, on Air Force Two | Dobbins Air Reserve Base

1:05 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a Defend the Majority Rally | Canton, GA

4:10 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a Defend the Majority Rally | Gainesville, GA

6:25 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Marietta, GA, en route Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two

7:55 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two

Recap of Thursday, November 19, 2020

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

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Statement by Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Rath Hoffman on Lithuanian Defense Minister Visit and Subsequent COVID-19 Diagnoses
  • Press Release: DOD Awards $12.38 Million Contract to Siemens Healthineers to Increase Domestic Production Capacity of SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Tests
  • Press Release: Holiday Season Guidance to Minimize Spread of COVID-19
  • Publication: Holiday Season Guidance to Minimize Spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019
  • Readout of Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller’s Meeting With Uzbekistan Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov
  • Article: Bold Quest Event Builds Interoperable Fires for Tomorrow
  • Press Release: DOD Announces Secretary of Defense Maintenance Award Winners
  • Publication: Department of Defense Comprehensive Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs) – December 2019 – Updated
  • Contracts for November 19, 2020

Department of State

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on travel to Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia from November 20-23.

  • Daily Schedule | Friday, November 20
  • November 19: Remarks | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi
  • November 19: Remarks | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
  • November 19: Statement | Marking of Country of Origin (Israeli/Palestinian goods)
  • November 19: Statement | Identifying Organizations Engaged in Anti-Semitic BDS Activities
  • November 19: Fact Sheet | The United States – Leading Collective Action in Global Health Security
  • November 19: Transcript | Briefing With Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Tibor P. Nagy and U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Michael A. Raynor on the Situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Press Release: USAID Participates in Global Health Security Agenda Ministerial, Calls on the Governments of Member Countries to Make New Commitments
  • Press Release: United States Provides Humanitarian Aid in the Republic of Colombia After Hurricane Iota

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

Department of the Treasury

  • Press Release: Letter from Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on the Status of Facilities Authorized Under Section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act
  • Press Release: FinCEN and Federal Banking Agencies Clarify BSA Due Diligence Expectations for Charities and Non-Profit Customers
  • Sanctions: Treasury Sanctions Entities Involved in Exporting Workers from North Korea
  • Joint Statement on the Temporary Suspension of the Technical Negotiations in the International Working Group on Export Credits

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: SEC Adopts Amendments to Modernize and Enhance Management’s Discussion and Analysis and other Financial Disclosures
  • Press Release: Lourdes Caballes and Michael Rufino Named Associate Directors of OCIE’s Broker-Dealer Examination Program in the SEC’s New York Regional Office
  • Press Release: SEC Awards Whistleblower Over $900,000

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: Orlando Cordia Hall Executed for 1994 Kidnapping and Murder of 16-Year-Old Girl
  • Press Release: Removal Order Upheld Against Tennessee Man Who Served as Nazi Concentration Camp Guard During WWII
  • Press Release: Seven MS-13 Gang Members Indicted in Violent Crime and Drug Distribution Conspiracy
  • Press Release: Final Defendant Sentenced to More than 17 Years in MS-13 Case
  • Press Release: Justice Department Files Complaint against Jeffrey Lowe and Tiger King LLC for Violations of the Endangered Species Act and the Animal Welfare Act
  • Press Release: Justice Department Files Antitrust Case and Simultaneous Settlement Requiring National Association of Realtors® To Repeal and Modify Certain Anticompetitive Rules
  • Press Release: American Contractor Sentenced to Prison for Theft of Government Equipment on U.S. Military Base in Afghanistan
  • Press Release: Employee of Government Contractor Pleads Guilty to Fraud and Kickback Charges
  • Press Release: The Department of Justice Files Brief Defending the Constitutionality of Idaho’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act
  • Press Release: Justice Department Reaches Landmark Agreement with Massachusetts Department of Children and Family to Address Discrimination Against Parents with Disabilities

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

  • Press Release: El Centro Sector Has Seen an Increase of Over 500% in Narcotics Seizures (California)
  • Press Release: Welfare Check Leads to Human Smuggling Arrests (Arizona)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol K9 Alerts to Illegal Aliens in Trunk (Arizona)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Foils Flatbed Trailer Human Smuggling Attempt (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers Thwart Dallas Woman’s $1 Million Methamphetamine Smuggling Attempt at Hidalgo International Bridge (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Field Operations Takes Down Substantial Drug Load of Methamphetamine Worth Over $25 Million at Pharr International Bridge (Texas)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Seizes more Cocaine and Marijuana in the Rio Grande Valley (Texas)
  • Press Release: RGV Agents Encounter a Six and Two Year Old Abandoned in Roma (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Launches Simplified Arrival at IAH (Texas)
  • Press Release: Law Enforcement Agencies Collaborate to Thwart Multiple Smuggling Attempts in the RGV (Texas)
  • Press Release: Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Arrests Two More Sex Offenders (Texas)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: SoCal Water District Receives $2.8M to Protect Infrastructure After an Earthquake (California)
  • Press Release: FEMA Deadline to Register for Hurricane Laura One Week Away (Louisiana)
  • Press Release: FEMA Explains Appeals Process for Recoupment Letters (Puerto Rico)

Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR)

  • Joint Statement of the United States-Ecuador Trade and Investment Council

US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

  • Press Release: DFC Approves $590 Million Loan to ApiJect to Expand Infrastructure and Deliver Critical Vaccines in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release: EXIM Board Votes to Advance Aviation Transactions in Support of an Estimated 4,800 American Jobs in Hard-Hit Sector of the Economy
  • Press Release: EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed Meets with Gov. Mike Dunleavy of Alaska to Outline EXIM Solutions for Alaska Exporters
  • Press Release: EXIM Chairman Reed Reiterates Commitment to Renewable Energy and Strengthening U.S. Competitiveness During Foreign Policy Magazine’s Virtual Dialogue

Department of Energy

  • Press Release: Utah State University’s Seth Manesse Wins First Individual CyberForce Competition™ | November 18, 2020

Department of Interior

  • Press Release: Wrigley Field Designated as a National Historic Landmark
  • Press Release: ICYMI | Nevada’s public lands better managed under Trump Administration Originally Published by Reno Gazette Journal

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Reaches Agreement with DXC Technology Company to Resolve Alleged Compensation Discrimination
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $13,781 in Back Wages for Fort Myers, Florida, Grocery Store Workers After Overtime Violations Found
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Launches Education, Enforcement Initiative To Boost Compliance with Prevailing Wage Laws on Federal Projects
  • Press Release: Nevada Construction Company Pays Back Wages After Wrongly Denying Paid Sick Leave During Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Press Release: Contractor for U.S. Postal Service in Southern California Pays $116,513 In Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Wage Violations

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: HHS Provides $25 Million to Siemens Healthineers to Develop and Produce COVID-19 Antigen Diagnostic Tests
  • Press Release: HHS Launches Pilot Program of Fast Molecular POC Test for COVID-19
  • Press Release: HHS Office for Civil Rights Reaches Landmark Agreement with Massachusetts Department of Children and Families to Address Discrimination Against Parents with Disabilities
  • Press Release: OCR Settles Twelfth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: FDA Authorizes Drug Combination for Treatment of COVID-19

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

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