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.

4:00 p.m. EST – The President and The First Lady depart the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews

4:20 p.m. EST – The President and The First Lady depart Washington, D.C., en route to West Palm Beach, FL

6:35 p.m. EST – The President and The First Lady arrive at Palm Beach International Airport

6:55 p.m. EST – The President and The First Lady arrive at Mar-a-Lago

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

THE VICE PRESIDENT has no public events scheduled.

Recap of Tuesday, December 22, 2020

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

The White House

  • Presidential Proclamation to Take Certain Actions Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act and for Other Purposes
  • Presidential Memorandum on the Attorney General’s Authority to Use Classified Information in Connection with Review of Intelligence Activities
  • Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Grants of Clemency
  • Statement from ONDCP Director Carroll on Release of 2019 Drug Mortality Data
  • Appointments: President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Readout of Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller’s Meeting With Afghan President Ashraf Ghani
  • Readout: Acting Defense Secretary Miller Travels to Afghanistan
  • Article: Air Force Releases Findings of Racial Disparity Review
  • Contracts for December 22, 2020

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Wednesday, December 23
  • December 22: Readout | Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Barzani
  • December 22: Sanctions | Syria Sanctions Designations on the Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 2254
  • December 22: Statement | Israel-Lebanon Maritime Negotiations
  • December 22: Statement | The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations and the National Organization of Minority Architects Sign Memorandum of Understanding

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Press Release: USAID Designates Morocco as Regional Hub for a New Program in Trade and Investment under Prosper Africa

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Explanation of Vote on a Draft Resolution on the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur
  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Resolution 2231 (via VTC) (re: Iran)

Department of the Treasury

  • Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on Passage of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act
  • Press Release: President’s Working Group on Financial Markets Releases Report on Money Market Funds
  • Sanctions: Treasury Targets Syrian Regime Officials and the Central Bank of Syria

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: SEC Adopts Modernized Marketing Rule for Investment Advisers
  • Press Release: SEC Proposes Amendments to Rule 144 and Form 144
  • Press Release: SEC and CONSOB Sign New Supervisory Cooperation Arrangement (U.S.-Italy)
  • Press Release: SEC Issues Substituted Compliance Order for Germany and Notice of Substituted Compliance Application and Proposed Substituted Compliance Order for France
  • Press Release: SEC Awards Over $1.6 Million to Whistleblower
  • Press Release: SEC Charges Ripple and Two Executives with Conducting $1.3 Billion Unregistered Securities Offering
  • Press Release: Dalia Blass to Conclude Tenure as Director of the Division of Investment Management
  • Press Release: Charles Koretke Named Managing Executive of Division of Examinations

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: Department of Justice Files Nationwide Lawsuit Against Walmart Inc. for Controlled Substances Act Violations
  • Press Release: Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice Releases Final Report
  • Press Release: Justice Department Commends ASCAP and BMI’s Launch of SONGVIEW
  • Press Release: Canadian Man Extradited from Spain to Face Charges for Massive Psychic Mail Fraud Scheme
  • Press Release: Texas Sport Supplement Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Distribution of Steroid-Like Drugs
  • Press Release: Justice Department Alleges Conditions at Iowa Institution for Individuals with Disabilities Violate the Constitution
  • Press Release: Justice Department Alleges Conditions at Lowell Correctional Institution Violate the Constitution

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)/Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

  • Press Release: DHS Warns American Businesses About Data Services and Equipment from Firms Linked to Chinese Government
  • Press Release: Yuma Sector arrests man smuggling over 70K worth of fentanyl (Arizona)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers Seize Over $1.1 Million in Narcotics at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry (Texas)
  • Press Release: Joint Collaboration leads to the Discovery of Two Stash Houses (Texas)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: FEMA Provides Salt Lake City $3.7 Million for Seismic Retrofitting

Department of Commerce

US International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release: USITC Releases Report Concerning the U.S. Industry, Market, Trade, and Supply Chain Challenges for COVID-19 Related Goods

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release: USDA Announces Dr. Carrie Castille as New National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Director

Department of Energy

  • Press Release: Energy Department’s Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program Awards $20 million for Advanced Reactor Concepts

Department of Interior

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Transportation Names Newest FAA Management Advisory Council Members

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Announces New OSHA Debt Collection Initiative
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule To Amend Tipped Employee Regulations
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Announces Availability of $3.3 Million To Fund Fidelity Bonding Demonstration Grants
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor and CHPRC Enter Agreement to Resolve Alleged Pay Discrimination Against Female Employees in Richland, Washington
  • Press Release: Indiana Restaurant Operator to Pay $317,108 in Back Wages To 21 Employees Following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation
  • Press Release: Federal Contractor Pays $130,619 in Back Wages After Investigation By U.S. Department of Labor Finds Violations in Southern California
  • Press Release: Federal Contractor Pays $49,553 in Back Wages After Investigation by U.S. Department of Labor Finds Prevailing Wage Violations in Nevada
  • Press Release: Southern California Manufacturer Pays Back Wages to Employees Wrongfully Terminated After Requesting Coronavirus-Related Leave

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: OCR Settles Thirteenth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | December 22, 2020
  • Press Release: FDA Warns Companies Illegally Selling CBD Products

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