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 & VPOTUS’ Schedule*

*The US President (POTUS) and Vice President’s (VPOTUS) daily schedules are subject to change, as is the White House press briefing schedule.

10:00 a.m. EST – The President, The First Lady, The Vice President, and THE SECOND GENTLEMAN watch the Virtual Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service | Blue Room

12:45 p.m. EST – The President and The Vice President receive the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

2:00 p.m. EST – The President delivers remarks on his administration’s COVID-19 response, and signs executive orders and other presidential actions; The Vice President also attends | State Dining Room

2:25 p.m. EST – The President and The Vice President receive a briefing from members of their COVID-19 team

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

4:00 p.m. EST – Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki

Recap of Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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

The White House

  • Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
  • Proclamation: A National Day of Unity
  • Statement: Paris Climate Agreement
  • Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis
  • Letter to His Excellency António Guterres (World Health Organization)
  • Executive Order on Organizing and Mobilizing the United States Government to Provide a Unified and Effective Response to Combat COVID-19 and to Provide United States Leadership on Global Health and Security
  • Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing
  • Press Release: Pausing Federal Student Loan Payments
  • Executive Order on the Revision of Civil Immigration Enforcement Policies and Priorities
  • Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States
  • Presidential Memorandum Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Presidential Memorandum on Reinstating Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians
  • Presidential Proclamation on the Termination of Emergency with Respect to the Southern Border of the United States and Redirection of Funds Diverted to Border Wall Construction
  • Executive Order on Revocation of Certain Executive Orders Concerning Federal Regulation
  • Presidential Memorandum on Modernizing Regulatory Review
  • Chief of Staff Memorandum: Regulatory Freeze Pending Review
  • Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation
  • Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government
  • Executive Order on Ensuring a Lawful and Accurate Enumeration and Apportionment Pursuant to the Decennial Census
  • Executive Order on Ethic Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel
  • Press Release: President Joe Biden Announces Acting Federal Agency Leadership
  • Remarks by Vice President Kamala Harris at the Celebration of America

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Article: Biden, Harris Sworn In as America’s New Leaders
  • Press Release: New Officials Sworn-in at the Defense Department
  • Statement from Acting Secretary of Defense David L. Norquist on Inauguration Day
  • Press Release: DOD Announces New Acting Secretary of Defense, Service Secretaries
  • Publication: Succession Plan for Jan. 20, 2021
  • Article: DOD Succession Plan Remains in Effect Until Senate Confirms Biden Nominees
  • Publication: Miller Farewell Message
  • Contracts for January 20, 2021

Department of State

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Syria (via VTC)

Department of the Treasury

  • Press Release: Treasury Announces the Appointment of Members of Senior Staff

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: Dow Chemical Company and Two Subsidiaries will Reduce Harmful Air Pollution at Four U.S. Chemical Plants
  • Press Release: Connecticut Man Charged with Assaulting an Officer During U.S. Capitol Breach

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

  • DHS Statement on the Suspension of New Enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols Program
  • Press Release: Seasoned canine handlers train with new dogs despite temporary canine center closure (Arizona)
  • Press Release: Significant Increase in Apprehensions near Valentine, Texas
  • Press Release: CBP Officers Intercept Methamphetamine Worth Over $2.8 Million at the World Trade Bridge (Texas)
  • Press Release: Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Sees Increase in Encounters (Texas)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Agents Seize Marijuana in the Rio Grande Valley (Texas)
  • Press Release: Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Arrests 13 Illegal Aliens in Smuggling Attempt (Texas)
  • Press Release: 40,000 Unapproved Prescription Pills Stopped by CBP Officers in Minnesota
  • Press Release: More Than 900 Lbs. of Marijuana Seized at the Port of Buffalo (New York)
  • Press Release: US Border Patrol, Law Enforcement Partners Stop 3 Vehicles Arresting 5 Aliens & 1 USC with 625 Pounds of Cocaine and a Firearm in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps in Victoria County, Texas
  • Press Release: Historic Preservation, Hospital Projects Highlight December Public Assistance Grant Awards (U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • Press Release: Survivors of Arecibo Floods Have Until March 5 to Submit a Late Application for FEMA Assistance (Puerto Rico)

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release: Outgoing EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed’s Letter to All Staff
  • Press Release: #ICYMI: Reuters Article Features Outgoing EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed, Urges Incoming Administration to Continue Countering China Through EXIM’s Program on China and Transformational Exports
  • Press Release: EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed Applauds the Work of EXIM’s Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice, in Cracking Down on Bad Actors and Protecting American Taxpayers
  • Press Release: EXIM Releases FY 2020 Annual Report—“All America”— Highlighting $5.4 Billion in Authorizations Supporting U.S. Exporters and an Estimated 37,000 American Jobs

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments
  • Press Release: Biden Administration Announces Foreclosure Moratorium and Mortgage Forbearance Deadline Extension That Will Bring Relief to Rural Residents

Department of Energy

  • Press Release: Department of Energy announces Secretary’s Honor Award Recipients
  • Press Release: Department of Energy Partners with Youngstown State University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Support Battery Manufacturing Workforce

Department of Interior

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Synopsis of President Biden’s Tweets

  • January 20: “Wearing masks isn’t a partisan issue — it’s a patriotic act that can save countless lives. That’s why I signed an executive order today issuing a mask mandate on federal property. It’s time to mask up, America.”
  • January 20: “I applaud the Senate for putting partisanship aside to prioritize our national security. Americans can rest easy tonight knowing Avril Haines has been confirmed as the Director of National Intelligence.”
  • January 20: “We’re back in the Paris Climate Agreement.”
  • January 20: “After taking the oath of office this afternoon, I got right to work taking action to:
    • Control the pandemic
    • Provide economic relief
    • Tackle climate change
    • Advance racial equity
  • January 20: “There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face. That’s why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families.”
  • January 20: “Now the real work begins, folks. Follow along at @POTUS as we build back better.”
  • January 20: “I love you, Jilly, and I couldn’t be more grateful to have you with me on the journey ahead.”
  • January 20: “Today, we begin anew. Tune in for #Inauguration2021.”
  • January 20: “It’s a new day in America.”