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*

9:00 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT speaks to the House Democratic Caucus to provide an update about the Build Back Better agenda and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal | United States Capitol

11:30 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks | East Room

12:15 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT and The First Lady depart the White House en route Joint Base Andrews | South Lawn

12:35 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT and The First Lady depart Joint Base Andrews en route Rome, Italy

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

2:15 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT will host a meeting with mayors to discuss how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better Agenda will benefit communities across the country | South Court Auditorium

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

Recap of Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Note: Bold hyperlinks spotlight COVID-19 developments.

The White House

  • Press Release: President Biden Announces the Build Back Better Framework | October 28, 2021
  • Fact Sheet: Build Back Better Framework | October 28, 2021
  • Readout of President Biden’s Participation in the East Asia Summit
  • ASEAN-U.S. Leaders’ Statement on Digital Development
  • Nominations: President Biden Announces Four New Nominees to Serve as U.S. Attorneys
  • Nominations: Nominations Sent to the Senate
  • Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the Occasion of International Religious Freedom Day
  • Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with Ibrahim Kalin, Spokesperson and Chief Advisor to the President of Turkey
  • Readout of White House Roundtable on Intersex Awareness Day
  • Statement by Vice President Kamala Harris Three Years After the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting
  • Statement by President Joe Biden Three Years After the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting
  • Readout of White House Meeting with Leaders of Civil Rights Groups on Police Reform
  • Transcript: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki
  • Transcript: Press Briefing by White House COVID-⁠19 Response Team and Public Health Officials
  • Disaster Declaration: President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Virginia Disaster Declaration

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Phone Call With Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar
  • Advisory: Secretary Austin to Meet With Slovakian Minister of Defense Jaroslav Nad’ (Oct. 28)
  • Transcript: Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby Holds a Press Briefing
  • Press Release: 2021 U.S.-Turkey F-35 Dispute Resolution Meeting
  • Press Release: Department of Defense Releases 2021 Military Intelligence Program Budget
  • Article: China’s Capabilities Growth Shows Why U.S. Sees Nation as Pacing Challenge
  • Article: Suicide Prevention Is Ongoing Issue for All Personnel, DOD Official Says
  • Article: Department of Defense Website Relocates to Military OneSource
  • Article: Development Programs Keep DOD’s Workforce Strong
  • Publication: COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Installation Status Update, October 27, 2021
  • Contracts for October 27, 2021

Department of State

U.S. Secretary Antony Blinken accompanies President Biden on travel to Vatican City, Rome, and Glasgow, from October 28-November 2.

  • October 27: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Sudanese FM Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi
  • October 27: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with African Union Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat
  • October 27: Statement | International Religious Freedom Day
  • October 27: Statement | Death of Former Republic of Korea President Roh
  • October 27: Statement | The United States and the Republic of Korea Hold a High-Level Disarmament and Nonproliferation Consultation
  • October 27: Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken on the Modernization of American Diplomacy
  • October 27: Statement | Gilman Program 20th Anniversary and List of Historically Top Producing Institutions
  • October 27: Statement | Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Independence Day
  • October 27: Statement | Issuance of the First U.S. Passport with an X Gender Marker

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Readout: Assistant to the Administrator Sarah Charles’ Trip to Ethiopia

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Visit to the Niamey 1 Vaccination Clinic | Niger
  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Sudan and South Sudan
  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syria
  • Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia
  • Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ilze Brands Kehris
  • Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with Chairperson of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, Dominque Day
  • Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Modern Slavery

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

  • Press Release: DNI Releases Appropriated Budget Figure for 2021 National Intelligence Program
  • Congressional Testimony: DNI Opening Statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility in the Intelligence Community

Department of the Treasury

  • Readout: Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo Meeting with Affordable Housing Advocates
  • Advisory: Trip Guidance and Press Schedule for U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: Post-SPAC Music Streaming Company Reaches $38.8 Million Settlement in Ongoing Fraud Action

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: Defendants Charged in Connection with Multi-State Forced Labor Conspiracy Involving the Forced Labor of Minor Victims
  • Press Release: Thirteen Defendants Plead Guilty in $126 Million Compounding Fraud Scheme
  • Press Release: Virginia Man Convicted of Sexual Exploitation of Minors
  • Press Release: Repeat Child Sex Offender Sentenced to 108 Months in Prison for Attempted Sex Abuse in Vietnam
  • Press Release: Department of Justice Antitrust Division and Federal Trade Commission to Hold Workshop on Promoting Competition in Labor Markets
  • Press Release: Former Gary Police Officer Indicted on Federal Civil Rights Charge for Assaulting Arrestee
  • Press Release: Justice Department Settles with Construction Company to Resolve Immigration-Related Discrimination Claims

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

  • Press Release: Secretary Mayorkas Issues New Guidance for Enforcement Action at Protected Areas
  • Press Release: Concerns Rise with Increasing Failure-to-Yield Incidents (California)
  • Press Release: Two Convicted Sex Offenders Arrested Over the Weekend (California)
  • Press Release: Sureño Gang Member Arrested (California)
  • Video Release: Arizona Air and Marine Operations/Border Patrol Provide Lifeline to Migrant in Distress
  • Press Release: Louisville CBP Seizes Counterfeit Designer Watches Worth $26.86M (Kentucky)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: Federal and Territorial Partnership Continues Focus on Repairs to Energy and Communications Infrastructure in U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Press Release: FEMA Deadline has Passed but Help is Still Available (Tennessee)
  • Press Release: FEMA Extends Deadline to Apply for Hurricane Ida Assistance (Louisiana)
  • Press Release: President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Virginia
  • Press Release: New Jersey Survivors Now Have More Time to Apply for FEMA Assistance

Department of Commerce

  • Press Release: Commerce Concludes Successful Hispanic Heritage Month Showcasing Resources for Hispanic Business and Outstanding Hispanic Employees and Leaders
  • Press Release: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo to Chair Council for Inclusive Innovation (CI2)

US International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release: USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Composite Baseball and Softball Bats and Components Thereof
  • Press Release: USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Electronic Devices Having Wireless Communication Capabilities and Components Thereof

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

  • Press Release: FTC and DOJ to Hold Virtual Public Workshop Exploring Competition in Labor Markets
  • Press Release: FTC Strengthens Security Safeguards for Consumer Financial Information Following Widespread Data Breaches

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

  • Press Release: FCC Announces 36 Newly Approved Connected Care Pilot Program Projects
  • Press Release: FCC to Consider Text-to-988 to Expand Suicide Prevention Services

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release: USDA Opens Registration for the 2022 Agricultural Outlook Forum

Department of Energy (DOE)

  • Press Release: DOE Announces $209 Million for Electric Vehicles Battery Research

Department of Interior (DOI)

  • Press Release: Tracy Stone-Manning Sworn In as Director of the Bureau of Land Management

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: HHS Announces $256 Million to Expand Access to Equitable and Affordable Title X Family Planning Services
  • Press Release: HHS Secretary Becerra Announces New Overdose Prevention Strategy

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: FDA, NIH, and 15 private organizations join forces to increase effective gene therapies for rare diseases
  • Press Release: FDA Strengthens Safety Requirements and Updates Study Results for Breast Implants
  • Press Release: FDA Collaborates with Health Canada and UK’s MHRA to Foster Good Machine Learning Practice