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*

9:30 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief | The White House

3:30 p.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT signs into law H.R. 3537, the “Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act”; the Secretary of Health and Human Services attends | South Court Auditorium

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

The Vice President is in California; the White House did not release the Vice President’s schedule for Thursday.

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

12:00 p.m. EST – 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 Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Note: Bold hyperlinks spotlight COVID-19 developments.

The White House

December 23

  • Summary of Summit for Democracy Proceedings
  • Proclamation to Modify the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States and for Other Purposes

December 22

  • Readout of President Biden’s Supply Chain Convening
  • Remarks by President Biden in Meeting with the Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force
  • Fact Sheet: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Efforts to Tackle Prices for Americans
  • Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the Supreme Court’s Announcement of a Special Hearing (re: OSHA Vaccine-or-Test Mandate for Employers & CMS Vaccine Mandate)
  • Statement by President Joe Biden On the FDA Emergency Authorization of the Pfizer COVID-⁠19 Antiviral Treatment
  • Statement from Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson Symone Sanders on Staff Member Close Contact to the Vice President
  • Readout by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne of Meeting with European Commission on COVID-⁠19 and Global Health Security
  • Transcript: Press Briefing by White House COVID-⁠19 Response Team and Public Health Officials
  • Transcript: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, December 22, 2021
  • Executive Order on Adjustments of Certain Rates of Pay
  • Statement by President Joe Biden Extending the Pause on Student Loan Repayment an Additional 90 Days
  • Statement by President Biden on 4.6 Million Americans Gaining Health Insurance This Year
  • Bill Signed into Law: S. 3377
  • Joint Statement on Meeting of the U.S.-Israel Strategic Consultative Group
  • Readout from NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on Senior Administration Official Travel to Israel and the West Bank
  • Fact Sheet: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Mobilizes Resources to Connect Tribal Nations to Reliable, High-Speed Internet
  • Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on FMCS Personnel Designation
  • Proclamation on the 50th Anniversary Of The National Cancer Act Of 1971

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Press Release: COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Installation Status Update December 22, 2021
  • Press Release: Defense Production Act Title III Presidential Determination for Radiation-Hardened and Strategic Radiation-Hardened Microelectronics Production Capability
  • Press Release: Defense Production Act Title III Presidential Determinations for Submarine Industrial Base Production Capacity Essential to the Virginia Class Attack Submarine Program
  • Article: A Model of Selfless Service
  • Article: National Cyber Director Unveils New Approach at Cyber War College Conference
  • Press Release: DoD Releases 2022 Continental U.S. Cost-of-Living Allowance Rates
  • Article: Actor Morgan Freeman Was Air Force Radar Repairman
  • Contracts for December 22, 2021

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Thursday, December 23
  • December 22: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with EU High Representative Borrell (Ukraine/Russia; China/Lithuania)
  • December 22: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Al-Thani (re: Afghanistan/Afghan refugees)
  • December 22: Statement | Issuance of Additional General Licenses and Guidance in Support of Assistance to Afghanistan
  • December 22: Sanctions | Designation of al-Qa’ida Network in Brazil
  • December 22: Sanctions | Public Designation of Former Maltese Public Officials Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Statement from Administrator Samantha Power on New General Licenses to Continue Supporting Vital Assistance to Afghans

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Joint Statement Following Russia’s Arria-Formula Meeting
  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on the Situation with National Minorities and Glorification of Nazism in Baltic and Black Sea
  • Explanation of Vote Following the Adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution 2615 (2021) (re: Afghans)
  • Press Release: Introduction of the UN Security Council 1988 Humanitarian Resolution (re: Afghans)
  • Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield upon Receiving the Foreign Press Correspondents Honorary Award for Lifetime Contributions to Public Service

Department of the Treasury

  • Readout: Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo’s Meeting with Nongovernmental Organizations Operating in Afghanistan
  • Press Release: Treasury Issues Additional General Licenses and Guidance in Support of Humanitarian Assistance and Other Support to Afghanistan
  • Sanctions: Treasury Designates al-Qa’ida Support Network in Brazil
  • Sanctions List Updates: Provision of Humanitarian Assistance to Afghanistan and Support for the Afghan People, Issuance of Afghanistan-related Counter Terrorism General Licenses, and related Frequently Asked Questions; Counter Terrorism Designations

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: Justice Department Announces Global Resolution of Criminal and Civil Investigations with Privatized Military Housing Contractor for Defrauding U.S. Military
  • Press Release: Justice Department Awards Almost $141 Million to Protect Children
  • Press Release: Department of Justice Awards More Than $300 Million to Fight Opioid and Stimulant Crisis and to Address Substance Use Disorders
  • Press Release: Federal-State Clean Water Act Settlement Resolves Sewer Overflow Violations in Bucks County, Pennsylvania
  • Press Release: Taylor Energy Company to Pay Over $43 Million and Transfer $432 Million Decommissioning Trust Fund to the United States for Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
  • Press Release: Biglari Holdings Inc. to Pay Civil Penalty for Repeat Violation of Antitrust Pre-Transaction Notification Requirements
  • Press Release: Founder of Werner Enterprises to Pay Civil Penalty for Violating Antitrust Pre-Transaction Notification Requirements
  • Press Release: Justice Department Awards More Than $110 Million to Support Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Individuals
  • Press Release: Georgia Man Pleads Guilty to Orchestrating Nationwide Tax Fraud Scheme

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

  • Press Release: CISA, FBI, NSA and International Partners Issue Advisory to Mitigate Apache Log4J Vulnerabilities
  • Press Release: Two US Citizens Arrested for Attempting to Smuggle Close to 83K of Narcotics through the Checkpoint (California)
  • Press Release: Laredo Sector Border Patrol and Texas DPS shut down stash houses (Texas)
  • Press Release: Multiple vehicle stops lead to stash houses discoveries (Texas)
  • Press Release: Significant seizure of cocaine and fentanyl in Sierra Blanca (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers Seize over $600K in Methamphetamine at Hidalgo International Bridge (Texas)
  • Press Release: Mara-Salvatrucha and Paisa Gang Members Arrested in RGV (Texas)
  • Press Release: Air and Marine Operations to accept delivery of final 41-foot SAFE Boat (Washington, D.C.)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Link to FEMA press releases

Department of Commerce

  • Press Release: Commerce Awards $4.2 Million to Expand Broadband for Tribal Communities in Arizona, Colorado, Wisconsin
  • Press Release: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo Highlights Key 2021 Departmental Accomplishments
  • Blog: CHARIoT Challenge Winners’ Solutions Strike Balance Between Function and Data

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

  • Press Release: FTC Finalizes Order with Mortgage Analytics Firm, Requiring it to Strengthen Security Safeguards, Increase Oversight of Vendors
  • Press Release: FTC Fines Clarence L. Werner, Founder of the Truckload Carrier Werner Enterprises, Inc. for Repeatedly Violating Antitrust Laws
  • Press Release: FTC Fines Biglari Holdings Inc. for Repeatedly Violating Antitrust Laws

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

  • Press Release: FERC Staff Issues the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Restoration Project and the Supply Header Restoration Project (CP15-554-009 and CP15-555-007)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Link to daily EPA press releases

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Loan of Up to $250.29 Million to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority for 183N Mobility Project
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Transportation Announces up to $26.9 Million in Financing for the LA 3241 Project in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana
  • Press Release: U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Highlights Department’s Work to Combat Human Trafficking

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor awards $5M grant to combat illegal fishing, improve working conditions in Peru, Ecuador’s fishing sectors
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor awards $8.3M in funding to Kentucky to support tornado clean up, recovery after recent devastation

Department of Education

  • Press Release: Biden-Harris Administration Extends Student Loan Pause Through May 1, 2022

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: New Guidance to Boost Accessibility and Equity in COVID-19 Vaccine Programs
  • Press Release: Massachusetts Healthcare Provider Resolves Allegations of Discriminatory Practices Regarding Patients Needing Opioid Use Disorder Treatment
  • Press Release: All-Time High: 13.6 Million People Signed Up for Health Coverage on the ACA Insurance Marketplaces With a Month of Open Enrollment Left to Go

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: FDA Announces Outbreak Investigation of Listeria monocytogenes Found in Dole Packaged Salad
  • Press Release: FDA Authorizes First Oral Antiviral for Treatment of COVID-19