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*

9:30 a.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Washington, D.C., en route Cape Canaveral, FL, on Air Force Two

11:25 a.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Cape Canaveral, FL, on Air Force Two | Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

11:45 a.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT visits with space professionals of the 45th Space Wing | Cape Canaveral, FL

12:35 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT chairs the Eighth Meeting of the National Space Council |Cape Canaveral, FL

3:05 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT departs Cape Canaveral, FL, en route Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two

4:55 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT arrives in Washington, D.C., on Air Force Two

Recap of Tuesday, December 8, 2020

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

The White House

  • Remarks by President Trump at the Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit
  • Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit
  • Executive Order on Ensuring Access to United States Government COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Fact Sheet: President Donald J. Trump’s Effort To Provide Americans With A Safe And Effective Vaccine Is Delivering Results
  • Statement from National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien (re: E.O. on Ensuring Access to U.S. Government COVID-19 Vaccines)
  • Statement from the President Regarding the Passing of Chuck Yeager
  • Nominations: One Nomination Sent to the Senate
  • Appointments: President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts
  • ONDCP Statement on President Trump Signing of the Rodchenkov Act (anti-doping legislation)
  • Executive Order on Governance and Integration of Federal Mission Resilience | December 7, 2020

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Readout of Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller’s Meeting With Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodore Locsin
  • Article: Army Secretary Releases Results of Fort Hood Review
    • Report of the Fort Hood Independent Review Commission
  • Article: The Maritime Expeditionary Security Force
  • Article: Ultra-Low Cost Simulation Program Augments Pilot Training
  • Article: Mission Engineering Guidance Provides Framework for Work With Industry
  • Press Release: DOD to Induct New Partners Into Military Spouse Employment Partnership
  • Contracts for December 8, 2020

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Wednesday, December 9
  • December 8: Statement | President Trump’s Executive Order on Ensuring Access to United States Government COVID-19 Vaccines
  • December 8: Readout | Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Meetings with Republic of Korea First Vice Foreign Minister Choi and Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee
  • December 8: Transcript | Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper Briefing on FY 2020 Arms Sales Figures and Regional Security in the Middle East
  • December 8: Transcript | Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel D. Brownback Briefing on Rollout of U.S. Actions against Religious Freedom Violators
  • December 8: Sanctions | The United States Sanctions IRGC Facilitators in Iran and an IRGC Official in Yemen
  • December 8: Statement | U.S.-Slovenia Sign Nuclear Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding
  • December 8: Statement | The United States Applauds the Venezuelan Interim Government’s “People’s Vote”
  • December 8: Advisory | Special Envoy Rayburn Travel to Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Bahrain, and Northeast Syria (Nov. 28-Dec. 8)

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Press Release: USAID Awards $39.5 Million Project for Learning, Acting, and Building Rehabilitation in Health Networks to Johns Hopkins University

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at a UN General Assembly Debate on Oceans and the Law of the Sea and on Sustainable Fisheries
  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Sudan (via VTC)

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

  • Press Release: ODNI, Toys for Tots program support local community

Department of the Treasury

  • Press Release: Treasury Sanctions Iran’s Envoy in Yemen and University Facilitating Recruitment for Qods Force
  • Press Release: Treasury Sanctions Shipping Companies Transporting North Korean Coal

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: SEC Orders BlueCrest to Pay $170 Million to Harmed Fund Investors
  • Press Release: Global Securities Pricing Service to Pay $8 Million for Compliance Failures
  • Press Release: Robert Stebbins to Conclude Tenure as SEC General Counsel

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: Justice Department Settles Claim Against Texas IT Company for Using Job Advertisements that Discriminated Against and Deterred U.S. Workers in Favor of Temporary Visa Holders

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

  • Press Release: CBP Announces New Preclearance Terminal In Bermuda (Washington, D.C.)
  • Press Release: CBP Introduces Biometric Facial Comparison to Secure, Streamline Travel at Andrade, CA (Washington, D.C.)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Seizes Methamphetamine at Checkpoint (California)
  • Press Release: Convicted Sex Offender Arrested by Border (California)
  • Press Release: Agents’ Vehicle Stop Results in Stash House Bust (California)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers Help Save Life Of Man Suffering An Opioid Overdose (New Mexico)
  • Press Release: $800K of Counterfeit Purses and Hats Seized by CBP Officers in Louisville (Kentucky)
  • Press Release: AMO Interdicts 2 Vessels Seizing 888 Pounds of Cocaine and Arrest 5 Individuals in Cabo Rojo and Fajardo (Puerto Rico)
  • Press Release: CBP, PRPD Find 85 Pounds of Cocaine Under Cargo Vessel In San Juan (Puerto Rico)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: Lamar Advertising Displaying FEMA Emergency Alerts on Digital Billboards Nationwide (Washington, D.C.)
  • Press Release: Floods Follow Fires | Those at Risk for Flashfloods, Mudflows Encouraged to Buy Flood Insurance (Oregon)
  • Press Release: All Mobile Registration Intake Centers Close by Dec. 9, Help is Still Available (California)
  • Press Release: Delta Deadline Looms: Register for FEMA Assistance by December 16 (Louisiana)
  • Press Release: FEMA Performs Remote Inspections for Arecibo Floods (Puerto Rico)

Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR)

  • Press Release: United States and Ecuador update Trade and Investment Council Agreement with New Protocol on Trade Rules and Transparency

Department of Commerce

  • Press Release: Holiday Fire Safety | Watering Your Christmas Tree Reduces Fire Hazard

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Transportation Leadership Hosts Online Seminar on Combating Human Trafficking

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: Tampa, Florida, Restaurant Pays $70,575 in Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Uncovers Wage Violations

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | December 8, 2020

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

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