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 White House had not yet released the President’s schedule.

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

THE VICE PRESIDENT has no public events scheduled.

Recap of Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Note: All bold hyperlinks spotlight COVID-19 and reopening developments.

The White House

  • Remarks by President Trump at the 45th Mile of New Border Wall | Reynosa-McAllen, TX
  • Remarks by President Trump Before Air Force One Departure | Joint Base Andrews, MD
  • Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure
  • Executive Order on Promoting Small Modular Reactors for National Defense and Space Exploration
  • Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Small Modular Reactors for National Defense and Space Exploration
  • Letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi from Vice President Mike Pence on the 25th Amendment Resolution
  • Readout from the Trump Administration’s 49th Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response & Best Practices
  • Statement from the President (re: Sheldon Adelson)
  • Statement from Vice President Pence on the Passing of Sheldon Adelson
  • Statement from National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien (re: declassified S. Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific)
  • Press Release: The White House Launches the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office
  • Bill Signed into Law:
    • 4996, the “Bankruptcy Administration Improvement Act of 2020,” which establishes a Chapter 7 Trustee Fund to make additional payments to bankruptcy trustees and extends certain temporary bankruptcy judgeships.

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Statement by Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller on Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Doses Delivered Today
  • Article: Officials Discuss COVID-19 Vaccine Deliveries and Prioritization Criteria
  • Press Release: COVID-19 May Invade, Damage Blood Vessels – Not Nerve Cells
  • Press Release: HHS, DOD Purchase Additional Doses of Regeneron’s Antibody Therapeutic to Treat Patients With Mild to Moderate COVID-19
  • Readout of PDO Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Anthony Tata’s Meetings With Moroccan Defense Officials
  • Contracts for January 12, 2021

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Wednesday, January 13
  • January 12: SecState Speech | The Iran-al-Qaida Axis
  • January 12: Sanctions | United States Takes Action To Counter Iranian Support for al-Qa’ida
  • January 12: Statement | Update on Department Transition Efforts and Travel
  • January 12: Joint Statement | 47th U.S.-Israel Joint Political-Military Group
  • January 12: Interview | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Hugh Hewitt of The Hugh Hewitt Show
  • January 12: Interview | Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Hoover Institution’s Pacific Century Podcast With Co-Hosts Michael Auslin and John Yoo
  • January 11: SecState Speech | Reclaiming America’s Voice for Freedom

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the 20th Anniversary of Resolution 1373 (via VTC)

Department of the Treasury

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: SEC Charges Real Estate Fund Manager With Misappropriating Over $7 Million From Retail Investors
  • Press Release: Acting Enforcement Director Marc P. Berger to Depart the Commission

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: Acting AG and Five Country Statement on the Temporary Derogation to the ePrivacy Directive to Combat Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
  • Press Release: Department of Justice Issues Positive Business Review Letter to Companies Developing Plasma Therapies for Covid-19
  • Press Release: Visa and Plaid Abandon Merger After Antitrust Division’s Suit to Block
  • Press Release: Three Charged with Illegally Exporting Goods to Iran
  • Press Release: Owner of Bitcoin Exchange Sentenced to Prison for Money Laundering
  • Press Release: Insitu Inc. to Pay $25 Million to Settle False Claims Act Case Alleging Knowing Overcharges on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Contracts
  • Press Release: Justice Department Settles Claims Against California Supermarket Chain and Affiliated Money Lender for Discriminating Against Asylee Worker
  • Press Release: Justice Department Reaches Agreement with the Board of Election Commissioners for the City of St. Louis to Ensure Polling Place Accessibility for Voters with Disabilities
  • Press Release: Seven North Carolina Tax Preparers Plead Guilty to Conspiring to Defraud the IRS

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)/Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

  • Press Release: DHS Announces Countries Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs
  • Press Release: USCIS to Replace Sticker That Extends Validity of Green Cards
  • Press Release: Panga with 20 Onboard Intercepted at Sea (California)
  • Press Release: DHS Partners Seize 333lbs of Meth in Maritime Smuggling Attempt (California)
  • Press Release: Yuma Sector Border Patrol sees uptick in illegal crossers from Bangladesh, Uzbekistan (Arizona)
  • Press Release: BP Agents, Port Security Officers Apprehend Armed Man at Andrade POE (Arizona)
  • Press Release: Dangerous Trend of Weapons Being Encountered by Laredo Border Patrol (Texas)
  • Press Release: Laredo CBP Officers Apprehend Fugitive Sought for Child Sexual Assault (Texas)
  • Press Release: Convicted Sex Offender Previously Deported Arrested in Romeo (Michigan)
  • Press Release: Dulles CBP Officers Helps Revive Unresponsive Traveler from India (Virginia)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: FEMA Issues $1.2M Installment to California for Earthquake Protection
  • Press Release: President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Louisiana
  • Press Release: FEMA Remains in Louisiana to Help Hurricane Survivors
  • Press Release: Preliminary Flood Maps for Portions of Washington County, Arkansas are Ready for Public Viewing (Arkansas)

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release: EXIM Increases Taxpayer Protections with Announcement of New Broker Partnership with Aon to Reinsure Portfolio Risk
  • Readout: EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed Concludes Visit to Sudan with Strengthened Economic Cooperation and Hope for the Future, Peace, and Prosperity

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release: USDA Releases Agriculture Innovation Research Strategy Summary and Dashboard

Department of Energy

  • Press Release: Department of Energy Announces $37 Million for Small Business Research and Development Grants
  • Press Release: DOE Announces an Additional $47 Million in Funding for Commercial Scaling of Transformational Energy Technology Projects

Department of Interior

  • Press Release: Interior Seeks to Increase Broadband Access, Reduce Wildfire Hazards Across Rural Communities

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release: Message from the Acting Secretary to All DOT Personnel

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule to Reform Prevailing Wages For Foreign Worker Programs to Prevent Potential Abuses
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Issues Missing Participant Guidance
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Elevates Lehigh Valley Committee to Alliance Program Ambassador Status to Promote Workplace Safety and Health
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Awards $2 Million Grant To Improve Enforcement of Labor Laws in Armenia
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Awards $5 Million Grant To Advance Labor Compliance in Colombia’s Port Sector
  • Press Release: U.S. Department Of Labor Announces Award of $3 Million Grant To Improve Compliance with International Labor Standards in Kenya

Department of Education

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Education Announces Additional College Scorecard Updates, Providing Greater Transparency on Borrower Repayment Progress and Postsecondary Costs

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: Improves Agency Procedures Relating to Transparency and Fairness in Civil Enforcement Actions
  • Press Release: Nationwide Study Shows Continued Rise in Opioid Affected Births
  • Press Release: OCR Settles Fourteenth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: FDA Releases Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Action Plan

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