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.

The President has no public events scheduled.

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

9:25 a.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Washington, D.C., en route Marietta, GA, on Air Force Two

11:05 a.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Marietta, GA, on Air Force Two

11:50 a.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT visits with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emergency Operations Center personnel | Atlanta, GA

12:00 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT leads a roundtable discussion on the unprecedented COVID-19 vaccine progress and upcoming distribution stage | Atlanta, GA

1:45 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Marietta, GA, en route Savannah, GA, on Air Force Two

2:45 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Savannah, GA, on Air Force Two

3:00 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a Defend the Majority Rally | Savannah, GA

4:20 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Savannah, GA, en route Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two

5:45 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two

Recap of Thursday, December 3, 2020

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

The White House

  • Executive Order on Promoting the Use of Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence in the Federal Government
  • Article: Promoting the Use of Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence in Government
  • Memorandum on Extension of Governors’ Use of the National Guard to Respond to COVID-19 and to Facilitate Economic Recovery (multiple states/jurisdictions)
  • Memorandum on Extension of Governors’ Use of the National Guard to Respond to COVID-19 and to Facilitate Economic Recovery (Iowa)
  • Remarks by President Trump at the Presentation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Lou Holtz
  • Bills Signed into Law:
    • R. 1773, the “Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019,” which provides for the award of a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the women in the United States who joined the workforce during World War II, referred to as “Rosie the Riveter”; along with multiple U.S. Post Office naming measures.
  • Bill Signed into Law:
    • R. 5901, the “Information Technology Modernization Centers of Excellence Program Act,” which requires the General Services Administration to establish an Information Technology Modernization Centers of Excellence Program to facilitate the adoption of modern technology by executive agencies on a reimbursable basis.
  • Nominations: President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint the Following Individuals to Key Administration Posts
  • Presidential Message on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 2020

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Press Release: DOD Releases List of Additional Companies In Accordance With Section 1237 of FY19 NDAA (re: China)
  • Article: Chairman Discusses Future Defense Budgets
  • Article: Miller Seeks to Strengthen Hemispheric Partnership
  • Article: Estonia, U.S. Conduct Joint Defensive Cyber Operation
  • Article: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Deputy Discusses Technology in Government at Cyber Summit
  • Article: Defense Department Committed to Cleaning Up the Environment
  • Press Release: DOD Awards $2.5 Million Contract to Hollingsworth & Vose to Increase Domestic Production Capacity of Filtration Media
  • Article: Operation Warp Speed Leaders Say 20 Million COVID-19 Vaccines May Be Available This Month
  • Contracts for December 3, 2020

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Friday, December 4
  • December 3: Readout | Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Call with Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Akiba
  • December 3: Statement | The United States and Japan Join with Vietnam to Advance Shared Energy Goals
  • December 3: Statement | On the Political Persecution of Hong Kong Democracy Advocates
  • December 3: Sanctions | Sanctions on Iranian Entities Involved in Chemical Weapons Activities of Concern
  • December 3: Advisory | Special Representative Khalilzad Travels to Turkey and Qatar
  • December 3: Statement | The Department of State Breaks Ground for New U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Press Release: United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Aid to People Affected by Hurricanes Iota and Eta
  • Press Release: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Security Sector Reform (via VTC)

Department of the Treasury

  • Readout of Financial Stability Oversight Council Meeting
  • Press Release: Financial Stability Oversight Council Releases Annual Report

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: SEC Announces New Investor Advisory Committee Members
  • Press Release: SEC Announces Office Focused on Innovation and Financial Technology
  • Press Release: SEC Modernizes Framework for Fund Valuation Practices
  • Press Release: Nekia Hackworth Jones Named Director of Atlanta Regional Office

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Speech: Remarks of Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt at the ACI 37th Annual Conference on the FCPA
  • Press Release: Vitol Inc. Agrees to Pay over $135 Million to Resolve Foreign Bribery Case
  • Press Release: Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against Facebook for Discriminating Against U.S. Workers (re: H-1B visas)
  • Press Release: Maryland Lawyer Charged with Defrauding Financial Institutions and Other Entities to Obtain Control over $12.5 Million of Somali Sovereign Assets
  • Press Release: Former CEO and Founder of Technology Company Pleads Guilty to Investment Fraud Scheme
  • Press Release: Former Investment Manager Charged in Scheme to Defraud Life Insurance Company
  • Press Release: Six Men Charged for Roles in Scheme to Defraud Businesses of Luxury Goods and Services
  • Press Release: Workrite Companies to Pay $7.1 Million to Settle Alleged Furniture Overcharges
  • Press Release: S. Trustee Program Reaches Settlement with McKinsey and Company to Withdraw and Waive its Fees in the Westmoreland Coal Bankruptcy Case
  • Press Release: Former DeSales University Priest Indicted on Child Pornography Offenses
  • Press Release: Justice Department Announces Civil Investigation into Louisiana’s Prisoner Release Practices
  • Press Release: Former Hilo Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty for Assaulting an Inmate and Conspiring with Other Officers to Cover it Up
  • Press Release: Pennsylvania Marketer Pleads Guilty to Filing False Tax Returns
  • Press Release: North Carolina Return Preparers Plead Guilty to Conspiring to Defraud the IRS

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

  • Press Release: CBP to Meet Legal Requirement to Collect DNA Samples from Certain Populations of Individuals in Custody (Washington, D.C.)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol K-9 Helps Detect Fentanyl Pills at Checkpoint (Arizona)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Arrests Previously Removed Felon (Arizona)
  • Press Release: CBP Introduces Simplified Arrival in Las Vegas (Nevada)
  • Press Release: Laredo Sector Continues to Combat a Troubling Trend of Significant Arrests (Texas)
  • Press Release: Brownsville CBP Officers Seize $256K Worth of Cocaine in Two Seizures (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Detroit Nets Quarter-Ton of Marijuana (Michigan)
  • Press Release: 1,280 Fake Watches Worth Over $25 Million Intercepted by CBP in Louisville (Kentucky)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: Mobile Registration Intake Center Open in Mendocino County (California)
  • Press Release: One Week Left (re: wildfire survivors)
  • Press Release: Free Crisis Counseling is Available for Oregon Residents Affected by Wildfires (Oregon)
  • Press Release: FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Bond Fire (California)

US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

  • Readout from Concordia Panel with DFC CEO, President Duque, and Senator Coons on U.S.-Colombia Growth Initiative and our Bi-Lateral Relationship with Colombia

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release: EXIM Advisory Committee Meets to Discuss EXIM’s Content Policy and Program on China and Transformational Exports
  • Press Release: EXIM Chairman Reed Addresses 31st Annual Greek Economic Summit
  • Press Release: EXIM Board Member Bachus Presents Exporter of the Year Award to H2O LLC

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report
  • Statement by OFCCP Director Craig Leen regarding updates between OFCCP and Oracle America
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Launches National Online Dialogue To Enhance Cross-Agency Efforts to Combat Labor Trafficking
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor and AT&T Reach Agreement To Resolve Compensation Disparities Involving Female Employees
  • Press Release: Hutto Excavation Company Pays Back Wages to Employee After Denying Emergency Paid Sick Leave to Self-Quarantine
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $172,264 in Back Wages For Peanut Industry Workers in New Mexico and Texas

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Statement from Secretary Azar on Maternal Health Actions
  • Press Release: HHS Outlines New Plans and a Partnership to Reduce U.S. Pregnancy-related Deaths
  • Press Release: HHS Finalizes Good Guidance Practices Rule and Issues Advisory Opinion Regarding Compliance with Notice-and-Comment Obligations
  • Press Release: HHS Amends PREP Act Declaration, Including to Expand Access to COVID-19 Countermeasures Via Telehealth

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | December 3, 2020

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Non-USG COVID Webpages

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