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.

12:45 p.m. EST – The President has lunch with State Attorneys General | Cabinet Room

8:15 p.m. EST – The President delivers remarks at the Congressional Ball | Grand Foyer

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

9:35 a.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Washington, D.C., en route Greenville, SC, on Air Force Two

11:00 a.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Greenville, SC, on Air Force Two | Donaldson Center Airport

11:35 a.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT leads a roundtable discussion on the unprecedented COVID-19 vaccine progress and upcoming distribution stage | Greenville, SC

1:25 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Greenville, SC, en route Augusta, GA, on Air Force Two

2:10 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Augusta, GA, on Air Force Two | Augusta Regional Airport

2:25 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a Defend the Majority Rally | Augusta, GA

3:45 p.m. EST –  THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Augusta, GA, en route Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two

5:05 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two

Recap of Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Note: Bold hyperlinks spotlight COVID-19 and reopening developments.

The White House

  • Presidential Memorandum on the National Space Policy
  • Statement from the President on the National Space Policy
  • Fact Sheet:  President Donald J. Trump Continues to Advance American Leadership in Space
  • Remarks by Vice President Pence at Installation Renaming Ceremony | Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Remarks by Vice President Pence at the 8th Meeting of the National Space Council | Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Disaster Declaration:  President Donald J. Trump Approves Texas Disaster Declaration
  • Nominations:  President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominee

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Press Release:  DOD Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan
  • Publication:  DOD COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan and Population Schema
  • Article:  DOD Officials Announce Distribution Plan for Initial Batch of COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Article:  First COVID-19 Vaccine May Be Distributed Next Week
  • Publication:  COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Installation Status Update, December 9, 2020
  • Press Release:  Defense Department Reinforces National Space Policy
  • Statement from Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller on Fort Hood Review Findings
  • Statement on New Appointments to the Defense Policy Board
  • Article:  85 New Companies That Hire Military Spouses Inducted Into DOD Hiring Program
  • Contracts for December 9, 2020

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Thursday, December 10
  • December 9:  Speech | The Chinese Communist Party on the American Campus | Secretary of State Michael Pompeo
  • December 9:  Remarks | AS PREPARED, The Future of the United States and the Korean Peninsula | Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegen
  • December 9:  Readout | Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Meetings with Republic of Korea First Vice Foreign Minister Choi and Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee
  • December 9:  Transcript | Briefing with Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Ambassador Michael G. Kozak On Human Rights Concerns in Cuba
  • December 9:  Joint Statement | The U.S.-Jamaica Strategic Dialogue

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Press Release:  U.S. Agency for International Development and the Qatar Fund for Development Sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
  • Remarks by Chief Assistant to the Acting Deputy Administrator Max Primorac for USAID-Qatar Fund for Development MOU Signing, As Prepared

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Central Africa (via VTC)
  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Local Implementation of Youth, Peace, and Security (via VTC)

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

  • Press Release:  DNI Ratcliffe Statement on Release of National Space Policy

Department of the Treasury

  • Sanctions:  Treasury Sanctions Corrupt Actors in Africa and Asia

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release:  General Electric Agrees to Pay $200 Million Penalty for Disclosure Violation
  • Press Release:  SEC Adopts Rules to Modernize Key Market Infrastructure Responsible for Collecting, Consolidating, and Disseminating Equity Market Data

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Speech:  International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) Director Greg Ducot Delivers Remarks at the Virtual Fourth International Forensic Science Symposium
  • Speech:  Assistant Attorney General Delrahim Delivers Remarks at the Antitrust Division’s Seventh Annual Diversity Celebration
  • Speech:  Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Robert A. Zink Delivers Remarks at Virtual GIR Live Interactive: Regional Spotlight-North America
  • Speech:  Deputy Assistant Attorney General Okuliar Delivers Remarks to the Telecommunications Industry Association | December 8, 2020
  • Press Release:  Civil Rights Division Opens Investigation into Potential Discrimination in Public Contracting
  • Press Release:  Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against the State of Alabama for Unconstitutional Conditions in State’s Prisons for Men
  • Press Release:  Individual Pleads Guilty to Participating in Internet-of-Things Cyberattack in 2016
  • Press Release:  Member of Neo-Nazi Group Sentenced for Plot to Target Journalists and Advocates

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

  • Press Release:  Trump Administration, DHS Set New Standards for American Leadership in Space
  • Press Release:  CBP Announces New Facial Biometric Comparison Technology in Nassau, Bahamas (Washington, D.C.)
  • Press Release:  Agents Seize Methamphetamine Hidden in Ice Coolers (California)
  • Press Release:  CBP Officers Intercept Non-FDA Approved COVID-19 Test Kits (California)
  • Press Release:  Yuma Sector Border Patrol asks the public to report suspicious drone activity (Arizona)
  • Press Release:  ICE, CBP seize more than 100,000 counterfeit surgical masks intended for hospital workers (Texas)
  • Press Release:  Two Men Sought for Child Sex Crimes Arrested (Texas)
  • Press Release:  Illegal Contact Lenses, Antibiotics, Injectable Cosmetics Stopped by Cincinnati CBP (Ohio)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release:  President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Texas
  • Press Release:  FEMA Approves Nearly $38 Million for Massachusetts COVID-19 Costs
  • Press Release:  FEMA Provides an Additional $2.5 Million for Colorado COVID-19 Response
  • Press Release:  Three Days Left (re: wildfire relief/California)
  • Press Release:  FEMA Awards Miami-Dade County $1.75 Million for Hurricane Irma Debris Removal (Florida)

Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR)

  • Press Release:  USTR Responds to UK Statement on WTO Large Civil Aircraft Dispute
  • Press Release:  United States Takes Action for American Dairy Farmers by Filing First-Ever USMCA Enforcement Action

Department of Commerce

  • Press Release:  U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Applauds New National Space Policy That Drives American Leadership in Space Commerce
  • Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross at the Eighth Meeting of the National Space Council

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release:  Trump Administration Invests $12 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Louisiana

Department of Energy

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Energy to Support America’s New National Space Policy

Department of Labor

  • Press Release:  Clearwater, Florida, Manufacturer Pays $13,133 in Back Wages to Workers After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Uncovers Overtime Violations

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release:  FDA Authorizes First Direct-to-Consumer COVID-19 Test System

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

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