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*

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Recap of Thursday, December 10, 2020

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

The White House

  • Presidential Proclamation on Recognizing the Sovereignty of The Kingdom of Morocco over Western Sahara
  • Executive Order on Rebranding United States Foreign Assistance to Advance American Influence
  • Statement from the Press Secretary (re: single U.S. Government logo for U.S. foreign assistance)
  • Executive Order on Providing an Order of Succession within the Department of Defense
  • Presidential Memorandum on Providing an Order of Succession Within the Office of Personnel Management
  • Remarks by Vice President Pence at Roundtable Discussion on COVID-19 Vaccine Progress and Distribution Stage | Greenville, SC
  • Press Release: Trump Administration Announces Most Drug Free Communities in History With Third Phase of FY 2020 Drug-Free Communities Grant Awards
  • Presidential Message on Hanukkah, 2020
  • Nomination: One Nomination Sent to the Senate (re: Judicial Branch)
  • Nominations/Appointments: President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Readout of Acting Defense Secretary Miller’s Virtual Meetings With ASEAN, ADMM-Plus Counterparts
  • Press Release: DOD, New Zealand Ministry of Defense Conduct 7th Annual Policy Dialogue
  • Statement From Deputy Defense Secretary David L. Norquist on the Department of the Navy’s Report to Congress on the Annual Long-Range Plan for Construction of Naval Vessels
  • Article: Study Calls for Building Navy Force Structure to Counter Great Power Competitors
  • Article: NATO’s Success Depends on Ability to Change As Needed
  • Contracts for December 10, 2020

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Friday, December 11
  • December 10: Statement | Rebranding United States Foreign Assistance
  • December 10: Statement | International Human Rights Day
  • December 10: Statement | United States and Partners Promote Accountability for Corruption and Human Rights Abuse
  • December 10: Sanctions | Public Designations of Current and Former Government Officials Under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights
  • December 10: Fact Sheet | On the Occasion of International Anticorruption Day and International Human Rights Day
  • December 10: Joint Statement | Third U.S-Angola Bilateral Human Rights Dialogue
  • December 10: Statement | The President’s National Space Policy
  • December 10: Interview | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo with Tony Perkins of Washington Watch with Tony Perkins
  • December 10: Statement | The United States Calls for Free, Fair, and Peaceful Elections in Uganda
  • December 10: Statement | U.S. Position on Relocation of Rohingya Refugees to Bhasan Char
  • December 10: Statement | State Department Inspector General: No Violations of Law, Rules or Policy; No Misuse of Taxpayer Resources

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Statement on the Executive Order to Rebrand United States Foreign Assistance
  • Statement on International Human Rights Day

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing by the UN Investigative Team for Accountability of Da’esh/ISIL (via VTC)
  • Explanation of Vote on a UN General Assembly Resolution on the Situation in Afghanistan
  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Sudan (via VTC)
  • Joint Statement on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

  • Press Release: DNI John Ratcliffe’s Remarks at the Eighth Meeting of the National Space Council

Department of the Treasury

  • Sanctions: Treasury Sanctions Serious Human Rights Abusers on International Human Rights Day
  • Congressional Testimony: Statement of Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin Department of the Treasury before the Congressional Oversight Commission | U.S. Congress |  December 10, 2020

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: Enforcement Director Stephanie Avakian To Conclude Tenure After Four Years Leading the Division
  • Press Release: SEC Staff Supplements Quarterly Private Funds Statistics

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: Pain Clinic Medical Providers Sentenced for Their Roles in Operating Pill Mills in Tennessee
  • Press Release: Justice Department Announces Additional Distribution of more than $488 Million to Victims of Madoff Ponzi Scheme
  • Press Release: Florida Tire Importer Pleads Guilty in Tax Conspiracy
  • Press Release: State Department Employee and Spouse Plead Guilty to Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods from U.S. Embassy
  • Press Release: Chinese Man Extradited for Financing Turtle-Trafficking Ring
  • Press Release: 40 Charged in Largest Federal Racketeering Conspiracy in South Carolina History
  • Press Release: Federal Jury Convicts Illinois Man for Bombing the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center in Minnesota
  • Press Release: Texas Clinic Owner and Clinic Employee Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring to Unlawfully Prescribe Hundreds of Thousands of Opioids
  • Press Release: Former Owner of Health Care Staffing Company Indicted for Wage Fixing
  • Press Release: Eastern Kentucky Doctor Sentenced to Prison for Unlawfully Distributing Controlled Substances
  • Press Release: Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Releases Status Report
  • Press Release: The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security Publish Final Rule on Procedures for Asylum and Withholding of Removal

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

  • Press Release: Yuma Sector Canine Team Arrests Driver Attempting to Smuggle Fentanyl, Cocaine (Arizona)
  • Press Release: CBP Field Operations at Hidalgo International Bridge Arrests Fugitive Wanted on Aggravated Assault Charges (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers Seize Over $1 Million in Methamphetamine at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry (Texas)
  • Press Release: Laredo Sector Border Patrol and Duval County Sheriff’s Department Impede Human Smuggling Attempt (Texas)
  • Press Release: Laredo Sector Border Patrol Prevents Human Smuggling Event in Flatbed Trailer (Texas)
  • Press Release: Brownsville CBP Officers Seize $284K in Cocaine and $100K in Unreported U.S. Currency (Texas)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Alabama
  • Press Release: FEMA Approves Nearly $22 Million for Rhode Island COVID-19 Costs
  • Press Release: FEMA Approves $5.6 Million for the Puerto Rico Department of Health

Department of Commerce

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release: EXIM Chairman Reed Provides Keynote at New Nuclear Capital Conference 2020
  • Press Release: EXIM Board Votes to Modernize Agency’s “Local Costs” and “Reachback” Policies to Increase Transparency and Support for EXIM Customers
  • Readout: EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed Meets with Romania’s New Interim Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă to Strengthen U.S.-Romania Economic Partnership and U.S. Energy and Infrastructure Exports

Department of Energy

  • Press Release: Department of Energy to Provide $32 Million for Advanced Computational Research in the Sciences
  • Press Release: Department of Energy Announces $128 Million for Sustainable Transportation Research
  • Press Release: Department of Energy Extends Third Set of LNG Export Authorizations Through 2050

Department of Interior

  • Press Release: Trump Administration Establishes Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument

Department of Labor

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: HHS Proposes Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule to Empower Patients, Improve Coordinated Care, and Reduce Regulatory Burdens

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | December 10, 2020
  • Press Release: FDA Holds Advisory Committee Meeting to Discuss Authorization of COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate as Part of Agency’s Review of Safety and Effectiveness Data (re: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine)

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