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.

9:30 a.m. EST – The President and The Vice President receive the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

12:00 p.m. EST – The President has lunch with The Vice President | Private Dining Room

2:00 p.m. EST – The President and The Vice President receive a briefing on the state of the economic recovery | State Dining Room

2:45 p.m. EST – The President delivers remarks on his administration’s response to the economic crisis and signs executive orders; The Vice President also attends | State Dining Room

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

12:30 p.m. EST – Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese | James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

Recap of Thursday, January 21, 2021

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

The White House

  • Text of the COVID-19 National Action Plan
  • National Security Directive on United States Global Leadership to Strengthen the International COVID-19 Response and to Advance Global Health Security and Biological Preparedness
  • Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel
  • Executive Order on Establishing the COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board and Ensuring a Sustainable Public Health Workforce for COVID-19 and Other Biological Threats
  • Executive Order on a Sustainable Public Health Supply Chain
  • Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety
  • Executive Order on Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery
  • Executive Order on Improving and Expanding Access to Care and Treatments for COVID-19
  • Executive Order on Supporting the Reopening and Continuing Operation of Schools and Early Childhood Education Providers
  • Executive Order on Ensuring a Data-Driven Response to COVID-19 and Future High-Consequence Public Health Threats
  • Memorandum to Extend Federal Support to Governors’ Use of the National Guard to Respond to COVID-19 and to Increase Reimbursement and Other Assistance Provided to States
  • Readout of Vice President Harris’s Call with World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
  • Transcript: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, January 21, 2021

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Statement by John Kirby, Pentagon Press Secretary, on New START
  • Advisory: DOD Announces Charges Referred Against Guantanamo Detainees
  • Press Release: DOD Identifies Army Casualty (Kuwait; non-combat)
  • Publication: COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Installation Status Update, January 21, 2021
  • Article: DOD Responds to COVID-19 in Navajo Nation
  • Article: DOD Incorporates AI Ethics in Systems Engineering, Official Says
  • Contracts for January 21, 2021

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Friday, January 22
  • January 21: Statement | Terrorist Attacks in Baghdad
  • January 21: Joint Statement | The Situation in Libya (France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, USA)
  • January 21: Statement | New U.S. Embassy in London Receives Award of Excellence from Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Colombia (via VTC)
  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Central African Republic (via VTC)
  • Explanation of Position on Draft Resolution A/75/L.54, “Promoting a Culture of Peace and Tolerance to Safeguard Religious Sites”

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

  • Press Release: ODNI Welcomes Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: Allison Herren Lee Named Acting Chair of the SEC
  • Press Release: SEC Updates List of Firms Using Inaccurate Information to Solicit Investors

Department of Justice

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)/Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

  • Press Release: Acting Secretary of DHS Directs a Review of Immigration Enforcement Practices and Policies
  • Press Release: CISA Launches Campaign to Reduce the Risk of Ransomware
  • Press Release: U.S. and UK Conclude Arrangement to Strengthen End-to-End Supply Chain Security (Washington, D.C.)
  • Press Release: USBP Agents Discover Illegal Marijuana Grow While Serving Arrest Warrant (California)
  • Press Release: Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents’ Due Diligence Shuts Down Stash House (Texas)
  • Press Release: Combined Efforts Result in the Arrest of 60 Illegal Aliens in the Rio Grande Valley (Texas)
  • Press Release: RGV Border Patrol Agents Seize Over 1,100 Pounds of Marijuana (Texas)
  • Press Release: 50,000 Unapproved Vaping Pens Seized by CBP Officers in Chicago (Illinois)
  • Press Release: Agriculture Specialists Intercept Smuggled Trees (Ohio)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: FEMA is Now Accepting Applications for the Youth Preparedness Council

Department of Commerce

  • Blog: The Inauguration of the 46th President of the United States

US International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release: USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Electrical Connectors and Cages, Components Thereof, and Products Containing the Same

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Three Deputy Under Secretaries in the Areas of Nutrition, Rural Development and Marketing and Regulatory Programs

Department of Energy

  • Press Release: Department of Energy Announces New Senior Leaders

Department of Interior

  • Fact Sheet: Interior Department Welcomes Day One Executive Orders to Restore Public Lands and Waters, Combat Coronavirus

Environmental Protection Agency

  • Press Release: EPA Welcomes Members of the Biden-Harris Leadership Team

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Biden Appointees Ready to Work on Behalf of the American People

Department of Labor

Department of Education

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Education Announces Biden-Harris Appointees
  • Press Release: At the Request of President Biden, Acting Secretary of Education Will Extend Pause on Federal Student Loan Payments

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: Anthony S. Fauci Remarks at the World Health Organization Executive Board Meeting

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: FDA Approves First Extended-Release, Injectable Drug Regimen for Adults Living with HIV

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

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