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*

9:50 a.m. EDT – The President receives the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

1:15 p.m. EDT – The President delivers remarks on the COVID-19 response and the state of vaccinations | South Court Auditorium

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

10:30 a.m. EDT – the Vice President will attend the celebration of life service for Representative Alcee Hastings

1:15 p.m. EDT – the Vice President will join the President when he delivers remarks on the COVID-19 response and the state of vaccinations in the South Court Auditorium

Note:  Today, The Second Gentleman is set to visit a community health center in Burlington, Vermont, for a listening session to discuss targeted COVID-19 vaccination outreach efforts to reach underserved populations.

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

12:15 p.m. EDT – Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki | James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

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

Recap of Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Note: Bold hyperlinks spotlight COVID-19, the American Jobs Plan and reopening developments.

The White House

  • Readout of Oval Office Meeting with Congressional Hispanic Caucus Leadership
  • Remarks by President Biden Before Meeting with Leadership of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
  • Remarks by President Biden on the Verdict in the Derek Chauvin Trial for the Death of George Floyd
  • Remarks by Vice President Harris on the Verdict in the Derek Chauvin Trial for the Death of George Floyd
  • Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on the Biden Administration’s Efforts to Protect U.S. Critical Infrastructure
  • Transcript: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, April 20, 2021
  • Proclamation on the Death of Walter Mondale
  • Nominations: President Biden Announces More Key Administration Nominations

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Readout of Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III’s Meeting With U.K. Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace
  • Joint Statement on US-UK Coordination on Strategic Documents
  • Article: U.S. Facing Increasing Nuclear, Space-Based Threats, Leaders Say
  • Article: U.S. Plans to Keep Threats in Check Even After Afghanistan Withdrawal
  • Article: DLA Prepared to Increase Overseas Vaccine Distribution as DOD Allotment Grows
  • Contracts for April 20, 2021

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Wednesday, April 21
  • April 21: Advisory | Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry to Participate in the Leaders Summit on Climate (April 22-23)
  • April 20: Statement | On the Death of President Idriss Deby Itno (Chad)
  • April 20: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Austrian Foreign Minister Schallenberg
  • April 20: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Human Rights Defenders
  • April 19: Advisory | Travel Advisory Updates (COVID-related)
  • April 20: Transcript | Department Press Briefing

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Press Release: United States Providing Humanitarian Assistance in Response to Damaging Typhoon Surigae in Palau

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at an OCHA Briefing Co-Hosted by the U.S. on El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras
  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Department of the Treasury

  • Readout: Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo’s Roundtable Discussion with Bank Policy Institute Members
  • Press Release: Treasury Announces Key Staff Appointments

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Statement of Attorney General Merrick B. Garland on the Verdict in the Chauvin Trial
  • Press Release: Hospital Researcher Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring to Steal Trade Secrets and Sell to China
  • Press Release: Two Senior Managers in Italy Charged with Conspiracy to Cheat U.S. Emissions Tests and Defraud U.S. Consumers
  • Press Release: Two Companies and Nine Individuals Indicted for Alleged Large-Scale Visa Fraud Employment Scheme

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

  • Press Release: DHS to Make Additional 22,000 Temporary, Non-Agricultural Worker Visas Available
  • Press Release: CISA Issues Emergency Directive Requiring Federal Agencies to Check Pulse Connect Secure Products
  • Press Release: Three Fugitives Apprehended by Border Patrol Agents Saturday (Texas)
  • Press Release: RGV Agents Arrests Two Criminal Migrants (Texas)
  • Press Release: RGV Agents Continue Disrupting Smuggling Operations (Texas)
  • Press Release: Laredo CBP Officers Seize $790K in Cocaine Over the Weekend (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Seizes Chicken Lollipops (Texas)
  • Press Release: 106 Pounds of Illegal Ketamine Seized by Cincinnati CBP (Ohio)
  • Press Release: CBP’s Second Discovery of Finches in less Than a Month at JFK Airport (New York)
  • Press Release: CBP in San Juan Seizes More than $1 Million in Undeclared Currency Concealed in Two Wooden Tables destined for Dominican Republic on the Ferry (Puerto Rico)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: Addressing Access and Functional Needs for Oklahoma Disaster Survivors
  • Press Release: FEMA Issues Public Notice for 45 Kentucky Counties
  • Press Release: Public Invited to Review Flood Maps in Columbia County (Pennsylvania)
  • Press Release: FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of the State of Delaware
  • Press Release: Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Rincón (Puerto Rico)

US International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release: USITC Makes Determinations in Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews Concerning Boltless Shelving Units from China

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

  • Press Release: FTC Testifies Before Congress on its Work to Protect Consumers from COVID-19 Scams, and Threats to its Ability to Return Money to Victims of Illegal Conduct | February 20, 2021
  • Press Release: One Year into COVID-19 Pandemic, New FTC Staff Report Highlights Agency’s Ongoing Efforts to Protect Consumers | February 19, 2021
  • Press Release: FTC Sends Refunds to Consumers Unfairly Billed for ABCmouse Memberships | February 19, 2021

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

  • Press Release: CFPB Rule Clarifies Tenants Can Hold Debt Collectors Accountable for Illegal Evictions | April 19, 2021

US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

  • Press Release: DFC Announces Call for Applications for Climate-Focused Investment Funds

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release: USDA Issues Pandemic Flexibilities for Schools and Day Care Facilities through June 2022 to Support Safe Reopening and Healthy, Nutritious Meals

Department of Energy (DOE)

  • Press Release: Biden Administration Takes Bold Action to Protect Electricity Operations from Increasing Cyber Threats
  • Press Release: DOE to Support 11 Remote and Island Communities Transitioning to Resilient Clean Energy Solutions

Department of Interior (DOI)

  • Statement by Secretary Haaland Marking 11 Years Since Deepwater Horizon Explosion

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Link:  Other Daily EPA Press Releases
  • Press Release: EPA Awards $10.5 Million to Clean Up 473 School Buses in 40 States
  • Press Release: EPA Selects Six Organizations to Receive $11 Million in Funding to Deliver Training and Technical Assistance to Brownfield-Impacted Communities Nationwide, Including New Jersey Institute of Technology

Department of Labor

  • Statement by Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh regarding the verdict in the State of Minnesota v. Derek Chauvin
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor recovers more than $358K in back wages for 50 workers at Tennessee home healthcare service
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor recovers $129K in back wages for 154 workers at Ziegler Tire locations in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor opens national dialogue to improve outreach to teens on workplace issues of safety, wages, job training, discrimination
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor files suit against Fort Washington company after investigation finds minors illegally made door-to-door sales
  • Press Release: OSHA cites North American Lighting after maintenance technician suffers facial burns in explosion at Paris, Illinois, facility

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Statement from HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra (re: Chauvin court decision)

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | April 20, 2021
  • Press Release: FDA Announces New Streamlined Approach to Add Pooled Serial Screening Claims to Certain Authorized Tests for Use in Serial Testing Programs

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

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