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.

12:30 p.m. EST – The President has lunch with the Secretary of State | Private Dining Room

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

12:15 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT and THE SECOND LADY deliver remarks at the Virtual Military Spouse Employment Business Summit | Washington, D.C. 

2:00 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT participates in the swearing-in of Senator-elect Mark Kelly | U.S. Capitol

Recap of Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Note: All colored text denotes hyperlinks. Purple colored hyperlink spotlights COVID-19 and reopening developments.

The White House

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Press Release: DOD Awards $50 Million in University Research Equipment Awards
  • Publication: Defense University Research Instrumentation Program Awardees
  • Article: COVID-Related Telework Accelerates DISA’s Zero-Trust Adoption
  • Contracts for December 1, 2020

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Wednesday, December 2
  • December 1: Remarks | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Bahraini Foreign Minister Al Zayani at the U.S.-Bahrain Strategic Dialogue
  • December 1: Statement | The U.S. Department of State Announces the Arctic Education Alliance
  • December 1: Sanctions | Designation of Jhon Fredy Zapata Garzon Under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act
  • December 1: Joint Statement of the U.S.-India Counternarcotics Working Group
  • December 1: Advisory | Assistant Secretary Schenker’s Travel to Oman and Saudi Arabia (Dec. 1-7)
  • December 1: Advisory | Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador Sales Travels to Mozambique and South Africa (Dec. 2-4)
  • December 1: Statement | Lao People’s Democratic Republic National Day
  • December 1: Statement | Romania National Day
  • December 1: Statement | Office of the Historian, Foreign Service Institute Release of Foreign Relations of the United States, 1981–1988, Volume V, Soviet Union, March 1985–October 1986

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Statement in Commemoration of All Victims of the Second World War

Department of the Treasury

  • Congressional Testimony: Statement of Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin Department of the Treasury Before the Financial Services Committee U.S. House of Representatives December 2, 2020
  • Sanctions: Treasury Sanctions Network for Assisting Colombia’s Clan del Golfo Drug Trafficking Organization

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: SEC Charges Unregistered Investment Adviser with Defrauding Puerto Rico Municipality
  • Press Release: SEC Charges Boiler Rooms Operator with Defrauding Retail Investors
  • Press Release: SEC Awards Over $6 Million to Joint Whistleblowers

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: Singaporean Shipping Company Fined $12 Million in a Multi-District Case for Concealing Illegal Discharges of Oily Water and Garbage and a Hazardous Condition
  • Press Release: Justice Department Settles Lawsuit Against Owners and Managers of Housing Properties in Honolulu, Hawaii for Discriminating Against Families with Children
  • Press Release: Justice Department Sues Northern Alabama Housing Authority and Property Owners for Housing Discrimination on the Basis of Race
  • Press Release: New York City Restaurateur Sentenced to Jail For Tax Evasion Scheme

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

  • Press Release: BP Rescues 25 People, Including 3 Toddlers, During Busy Weekend (Arizona)
  • Press Release: Brownsville CBP Officers Seize $488K Worth of Cocaine in Two Seizures (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Reminds Travelers That Importation of Peppers and Tomatoes Remain Prohibited (Texas)
  • Press Release: Multiple Agencies Collaborate to Stop a Human Smuggling Scheme (Texas)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: FEMA Application Deadline Has Passed but Help Still Available for Oregon Wildfire Survivors (Oregon)
  • Press Release: Delta Deadline to Register for FEMA Assistance is December 16 (Louisiana)
  • Press Release: FEMA approves $11.9 million for Hurricane Michael recovery expenses (Florida)
  • Press Release: FEMA Approves More Than $3 Million for Maine COVID-19 Costs (Region I)

US International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release: USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Utility Scale Wind Towers from India, Malaysia, and Spain

US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

  • Press Release: DFC Announces Direct Equity Request for Applications (re: emerging markets)

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Readout from EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed’s Meeting with U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien (focuses on Program on China and Transformational Exports)

Department of Energy

  • Press Release: DOE Issues Notice of Guidance for Potential Loan Applicants Involving Critical Minerals
  • Press Release: Department of Energy Announces 2020 U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Awardees

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Transportation is Preparing the Way for Swift COVID-19 Vaccine Transport

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Debars Florida H-2A Labor Contractors For Violating Guest Worker Visa Requirements
  • Press Release: Housing Company Pays Back Wages to Georgia Employee Denied Paid Family Leave to Care for Child During Pandemic
  • Press Release: Car Dealership Pays Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Family Leave to Care for Child Amid Pandemic
  • Press Release: Military Subcontractor Pays $108,002 in Back Wages After Prevailing Wage Violations Found in Nevada Projects by U.S. Department of Labor
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $90,508 in Back Wages for California Trucking Company Employees After Overtime Violations Found

Department of Education

  • Press Release: Next Gen portal will help reduce administrative burden, streamline processes for financial aid professionals who administer the federal student aid programs

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: Tribal Health Programs and Urban Indian Organizations Choose How They Will Access the COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Statement from Secretary Azar on World AIDS Day

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | December 1, 2020
  • Press Release: FDA Approves First PSMA-Targeted PET Imaging Drug for Men with Prostate Cancer

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

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