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*

10:00 a.m. EDT – The President receives the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

9:00 p.m. EDT – The President addresses a Joint Session of Congress; The Vice President, The First Lady, and THE SECOND GENTLEMAN attend | U.S. Capitol

Looking ahead, the President will travel on Thursday to Georgia to highlight how he’s delivered on his promises to the American people.  He will travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Friday.

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

9:00 p.m. EDT – the Vice President will attend when the President addresses a Joint Session of Congress at the United States Capitol

Looking ahead, the Vice President will travel to Cincinnati, Ohio, on Friday, April 30.  The Second Gentleman will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina, on Friday, where he will join Secretary Pete Buttigieg for events highlighting the need for the American Jobs Plan, as part of the Getting America Back on Track tour.

*The US President (POTUS) and Vice President’s (VPOTUS) daily schedules are subject to change.

Recap of Tuesday, April 27, 2021

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

The White House

  • Transcript: Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on the American Families Plan | April 28, 2021
  • Fact Sheet: The American Families Plan | April 28, 2021
  • Executive Order on Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors
  • Fact Sheet: Biden-Harris Administration Issues an Executive Order to Raise the Minimum Wage to $15 for Federal Contractors
  • Nominations Sent to the Senate
  • Proclamation on Workers Memorial Day, 2021
  • Remarks by President Biden on the COVID-19 Response
  • Readout of Jake Sullivan’s Bilateral Meeting with Israeli NSA Meir Ben-Shabbat
  • Transcript: Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials
  • Transcript: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, April 27, 2021
  • Transcript: Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on National Security and Foreign Policy in President Biden’s First 100 Days
  • Nominations: President Biden Announces Key Administration Nominations
  • Nominations: President Biden Announces Key Administration Nominations in National Security
  • Press Release: President Biden Announces Key Hire at the Office of Management and Budget
  • Fact Sheet: Biden Administration Advances Expansion & Modernization of the Electric Grid
  • Press Release: How to Watch the Livestream of President Biden’s Address to the Joint Session of Congress

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Statement from Secretary of Defense on Senate Confirmation of Dr. Colin Kahl
  • Transcript: Pentagon Press Secretary Holds Off-Camera Press Briefing
  • Article: Regional Solutions Needed to Address Middle East Security, General Says
  • Advisory: Secretary Austin Travels to Spacecom, Indopacom, Stratcom HQs
  • Contracts for April 27, 2021

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Wednesday, April 28
  • April 27: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Virtual Meeting with Kenyan President Kenyatta and Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Omamo
  • April 27: Fact Sheet | The United States and Kenya: Strategic Partners
  • April 27: Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken Before Virtual Meeting with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
  • April 27: Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks at the Virtual Kenya-U.S. Interagency Clean Energy Event
  • April 27: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Nigerian President Buhari and Foreign Minister Onyeama
  • April 27: Fact Sheet | The United States and Nigeria: Strategic Partners
  • April 27: Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken Before Virtual Meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama
  • April 27: Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the Virtual U.S.-Nigeria Health Partnership Event
  • April 27: Fact Sheet | Young African Leaders Initiative
  • April 27: Statement | Uniform Global National Interest Exceptions to COVID-19 Travel Restrictions
  • April 27: Statement | Providing Humanitarian Assistance to Support the Vice President’s Leadership in Addressing Migration Challenges in Central America
  • April 27: Statement | Program To Create Pathways to Safe and Secure Nuclear Energy Included in Biden-Harris Administration’s Bold Plans To Address the Climate Crisis
  • April 27: Interview | Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Jake Tapper of CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Press Release: United States Announces Increased Assistance for the People of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Protection of Objects Indispensable to the Survival of Civilians

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

  • Press Release: DNI Haines Statement on the President’s Intent to Nominate Thomas Monheim as IC Inspector General

Department of the Treasury

  • Readout: Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen’s Call with Finance Ministers from Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom
  • Guidance: Issuance of Amended Somalia Sanctions Regulations

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Readout of U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland’s Call with Mexico Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero
  • Press Release: Former Minister of Industry and Member of Parliament of Barbados Sentenced for Laundering Bribes
  • Press Release: Former Attorney for Municipalities in Puerto Rico Sentenced for Bribery
  • Press Release: American Contractor Sentenced for Theft of Government Equipment on U.S. Military Base in Afghanistan
  • Press Release: Cameroonian Citizen Extradited from Romania to Face Covid-19-Related Fraud Charges
  • Press Release: New York Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Exotic African Cats
  • Press Release: Two California Men Indicted in Hate Crimes Case Alleging They Attacked Family-Owned Restaurant and Threatened to Kill the Victims Inside
  • Press Release: North Carolina Woman Sentenced for Production and Distribution of Child Pornography

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

  • Press Release: DHS Announces New Guidance to Limit ICE and CBP Civil Enforcement Actions In or Near Courthouse
  • Press Release: DHS Announces Operation to Target Criminal Smuggling Organizations
  • Press Release: DHS Announces Extension of REAL ID Full Enforcement Deadline
  • Press Release: Secretary Mayorkas Swears in Deanne Criswell as FEMA Administrator | April 26, 2021
  • Statement by Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas on President Biden’s Nomination of Ed Gonzalez for ICE Director
  • Press Release: CBP and WBO Issue Joint Statement on Enhanced Supply Chain Security (Washington, D.C.)
  • Press Release: Agents apprehend MS-13 gang member (Arizona)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol agents apprehend sex offender, convicted felon (Arizona)
  • Press Release: CBP Field Operations at Hidalgo International Bridge Scores Big with Nearly $1.5 Million in Hard Narcotics Interceptions and Unreported Currency (Texas)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Operations Lead to the Arrest of 41 Migrants (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Air and Marine Operations and partners rescue 2 people in the Rio Grande Valley (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers in Cincinnati Seize $4.26 Million in Fake Jewelry (Ohio)
  • Press Release: Counterfeit South African Krugerrand Coins Seized (New York)
  • Press Release: USCIS Issues Policy Guidance on Deference to Previous Decisions

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: Deanne Criswell Takes Oath as FEMA’s 12th Administrator
  • Press Release: Kentucky Survivors Affected by Severe Storms Can Apply for FEMA Assistance
  • Press Release: Two Weeks Remain for Homeowners, Renters and Businesses to Apply for Disaster Assistance (Louisiana)
  • Press Release: Eight Counties Can Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance from the March Tornadoes (Alabama)
  • Press Release: FEMA Awards Palm Beach County $1.25 Million for Hurricane Irma Costs (Florida)

Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR)

  • Congressional Testimony: Opening Statement of Ambassador Katherine Tai before The United States Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
  • Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai’s virtual meeting with Novavax about increasing vaccine production and global health issues
  • Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai’s virtual meeting with United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Trade Elizabeth Truss

Department of Commerce

  • Press Release: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo Joins Senator Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire to Discuss Importance of Rebuilding Travel and Tourism Industry and Strengthening Manufacturing through the American Jobs Plan
  • Advisory: Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo to Head U.S. Delegation at G7 Digital & Technology Ministerial (April 28-29)

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

  • Press Release: FTC Asks Congress to Pass Legislation Reviving the Agency’s Authority to Return Money to Consumers Harmed by Law Violations and Keep Illegal Conduct from Reoccurring
  • Press Release: FTC Testifies before Congress on its Work to Curb COVID-19 Scams and Warn Consumers about Pandemic-related Frauds, Cons, and Swindles

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Intent to Nominate Jennifer Lester Moffitt to Serve as Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs

Department of Energy (DOE)

  • Press Release: DOE Announces Up to $8.25 Billion in Loans to Enhance Electrical Transmission Nationwide

Department of Interior (DOI)

  • Press Release: Interior Department Takes Steps to Restore Tribal Homelands, Empower Tribal Governments to Better Manage Indian Lands

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Press Release: EPA Administrator Regan Establishes New Council on PFAS
  • Press Release: EPA to accept applications for grants that enhance recycling markets or reduce food waste until June 1
  • Press Release: EPA Announces $6.5 Billion in New Funding for Water Infrastructure Projects
  • Link:  Other Daily EPA Press Releases

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release: U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Announces $1.69 Billion for Amtrak in Response to COVID-19

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: Workers Memorial Day remembers Nebraska lives lost on the job, affirms OSHA’s commitment to protect worker’s safety and health
  • Press Release: Workers Memorial Day remembers lives lost on the job, affirms OSHA’s commitment to protect worker’s safety and health
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor recovers $15K for 40 guest workers, finds Iota crawfish processor failed to pay legally required wages
  • Press Release: OSHA cites Midwest Warehouse and Distribution System Inc. after one employee dies, 22 sickened by coronavirus
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor offers webinars for Indiana employers on coronavirus-related employee protections during the pandemic

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden Administration Staff Appointments
  • Press Release: CMS proposes to enhance the medical workforce in rural and underserved communities to support COVID-19 recovery and beyond
  • Press Release: HHS Announces $1 Billion from American Rescue Plan for Construction and Renovation Projects at Health Centers
  • Press Release: HHS Releases New Buprenorphine Practice Guidelines, Expanding Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

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