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.

11:00 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT and FIRST LADY depart Mar-a-Lago, Florida, for the White House

According to the White House, during the Holiday season, President Trump will continue to work tirelessly for the American People. His schedule includes many meetings and calls.

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

THE VICE PRESIDENT has no public events scheduled.

Recap of Wednesday, December 30, 2020

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

The White House

  • Presidential Memorandum on Extension of Memorandum on Visa Sanctions
  • Bills Signed into Law:
    • 212, the “Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act of 2020,” which amends three existing statutes promoting Native American business, economic development, and trade development;
    • 900, which designates the community-based outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Bozeman, Montana, as the Travis W. Atkins Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic;
    • 2472, the “Neil A. Armstrong Test Facility Act,” which redesignates the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center at Plum Brook Station, Ohio, as the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center at the Neil A. Armstrong Test Facility;
    • 3257, which designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 311 West Wisconsin Avenue in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, as the Einar “Sarge” H. Ingman, Jr. Post Office Building;
    • 3461, which designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2600 Wesley Street in Greenville, Texas, as the Audie Murphy Post Office Building;
    • 3462, which designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 909 West Holiday Drive in Fate, Texas, as the Ralph Hall Post Office;
    • 4126, which designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 104 East Main Street in Port Washington, Wisconsin, as the Joseph G. Demler Post Office;
    • 4684, which designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 440 Arapahoe Street in Thermopolis, Wyoming, as the Robert L. Brown Post Office; and
    • 5036, the “Secret Service Overtime Pay Extension Act,” which extends through 2023 the waiver that allows U.S. Secret Service employees performing protective services to receive premium pay up to level II of the Executive Schedule.
  • Nominations: Two Withdrawals Sent to the Senate

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Article: Army Gen. Perna | Whole-of-America Operation Warp Speed Effort ‘Remarkable Feat’
  • Article: COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive at Royal Air Force Lakenheath
  • Publication: COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Installation Status Update, Dec. 30, 2020
  • Contracts for December 30, 2020

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Thursday, December 31
  • December 30: Statement | Attacks on Yemeni Officials in Aden
  • December 30: Statement | Joint Statement of the United States-Bahrain Strategic Dialogue
  • December 30: Statement | Enactment of Legal Peace Legislation to Restore Sudan’s Sovereign Immunities
  • December 30: Sanctions | The United States Sanctions Venezuelan Officials Involved in Unjust Sentencing of the Citgo 6
  • December 30: Statement | On the Passing of Former Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Morauta

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Press Release: USAID Signs Memoranda of Understanding with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (re: combatting malign actors in developing countries)
  • Press Release: Legislation Helps Reintegrate the Republic of Sudan into the Global Economy, Creating New Development Opportunities
  • Press Release: USAID Provides $5 Million in Additional Humanitarian Aid to Help Nicaraguans Affected by Hurricanes Iota and Eta

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks to the Fifth Committee on the Implementation of Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015)
  • Remarks to the Fifth Committee on the Program Budget Implications for the Durban Conference
  • Explanation of Vote in the Fifth Committee on a Resolution on the Financing of UNIFIL
  • Explanation of Vote in the Fifth Committee on the International, Impartial, and Independent Mechanism for Syria

Department of the Treasury

  • Sanctions: Treasury Designates Venezuelan Officials Involved in Unjust Trial of the “Citgo 6”
  • Press Release: Settlement Agreement between the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and BitGo, Inc.

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: SEC Charges Jewelry Wholesaler with Fraudulent Securities Offering Targeting Current and Retired Police Officers and Firefighters
  • Press Release: Jed Hickman Named SEC’s EDGAR Business Office Director

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: Justice Department Seeks Forfeiture of Third Commercial Property Purchased with Funds Misappropriated from PrivatBank in Ukraine
  • Press Release: Justice Department Secures Relief for U.S. Army National Guard Reservist on Employment Discrimination Claim Against Luxury Jeweler Harry Winston

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

  • Press Release: CBP Issues Withhold Release Order on Palm Oil Produced by Forced Labor in Malaysia (Washington, D.C.)
  • Press Release: Agents Rescue Migrant Stuck on Border Wall (California)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Agents Find Methamphetamine Near Downtown Calexico (California)
  • Press Release: Laredo CBP Officers Seize Over $2.5 Million in Hard Narcotics (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Officer, Simplified Arrival Nabs Impostor to U.S. Passport at Dulles Airport (Virginia)
  • Press Release: USCIS Extends Transitional Parole for CNMI Long-Term Resident Status Applicants

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: FEMA Begins Construction of Temporary Housing Site for Linn and Marion Wildfire Survivors (Oregon)
  • Press Release: Understanding Your FEMA Letter (Alabama)

Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR)

  • Press Release: United States Modifies Tariffs on EU Products in Large Civil Aircraft Dispute

Department of Interior

  • Press Release: ICYMI | President Trump signs Omnibus Spending and COVID Relief Bill, Uplifting American Families, Investing in American Infrastructure and Enhancing American Conservation

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Final Report on Forces to Flyers Initiative to Assist Military Veterans in Becoming Pilots

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Guidance to States on Unemployment Insurance Programs
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Announces Rulemaking on Discretionary Review of Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals Cases
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor and Consulate General of Mexico Renew Alliance to Promote Worker Safety in Colorado
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $81,399 in Back Wages For 45 Employees of Columbus, Ohio, Nursing Home
  • Press Release: Restaurant Pays Penalties After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Child Labor Violations in Commerce, California

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: HHS Releases Advisory Opinion Clarifying that 340B Discounts Apply to Contract Pharmacies

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | December 30, 2020

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