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This report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

8:30 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief | The White House

9:10 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

9:30 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews en route Cleveland, Ohio

10:40 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT arrives in Cleveland, Ohio

12:15 p.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law delivers for the American people by rebuilding roads and bridges, upgrading water systems, cleaning up the environment, and creating good-paying, union jobs | The Shipyards, Lorain, OH

1:45 p.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT departs Cleveland, Ohio en route Joint Base Andrews

2:55 p.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT arrives at Joint Base Andrews

3:15 p.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT arrives at the White House

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

7:30 a.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT will depart Washington, D.C., en route Munich, Germany.

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

2:55 p.m. EST – Principal Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan will gaggle aboard Air Force One en route Cleveland, Ohio

*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, February 16, 2022

Note: Bold hyperlinks spotlight COVID-19 developments.

The White House

  • Readout of President Biden’s Call with Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany (UKR, RUS)
  • Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with Secretary General of Japan’s National Security Secretariat Akiba Takeo (UKR, RUS, European Energy Security)
  • Transcript: Background Press Call Previewing the Vice President’s Trip to Munich, Germany
  • Readout of White House Community Violence Intervention Collaborative Meeting
  • Appointment: President Biden Announces OSTP Leadership
  • Transcript: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, February 16, 2022
  • Transcript: Press Briefing by White House COVID-⁠19 Response Team and Public Health Officials

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Meeting with the Euro Quad: France, Germany, and the United Kingdom
  • Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Meeting with German Federal Minister of Defense Christine Lambrecht
  • Remarks Before Start of NATO Defense Ministerial
  • Article: NATO Defense Ministers Meet as Russia Still Threatens Ukraine
  • Article: NATO Leader Says Alliance Is Hoping for Best, Preparing for Worst
  • Article: Russia Forces ‘A New Normal’ on Europe, Stoltenberg Says
  • Article: DOD Report: Consolidation of Defense Industrial Base Poses Risks to National Security
  • Article: Planting Peace With Partners
  • Article: Even Before Acting Career, the Army Was Mr. T’s ‘A-Team’
  • Publication: COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Installation Status Update February 16, 2022
  • Contracts for February 16, 2022

U.S. Army

  • Press Release: 405th AFSB LOGCAP provides vital life support services to Flintlock 2022 exercise in Africa
  • Press Release: S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Ambassador Leonard Join Nigerian Air Force for Groundbreaking Ceremony for A-29 Super Tucano Support Facilities

U.S. National Guard

  • Press Release: Vermont Guard shares communication strategy with SPP partner (Skopje, North Macedonia)
  • Press Release: Hundreds of Oregon Guardsmen help overwhelmed hospitals
  • Press Release: NY Guard trains on frozen lake to prep for polar missions

U.S. Navy

  • Press Release: US, UK Navy Chiefs Meet, Discuss Cooperation and Interoperability

U.S. Air Force

  • Press Release: AFWERX opens opportunities for military spouses through remote work

Department of State

Daily Schedule | Thursday, February 17

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is on travel to Munich, Germany, from February 17-20.

Russia, Ukraine, Europe

  • February 17: Advisory | Secretary Blinken to Deliver Remarks at the UN Security Council (Feb. 17 @ 10:00 a.m. EST)
  • February 16: Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets Before Meeting
  • February 16: Statement | Joint Statement on U.S.-Estonia Relations
  • February 16: Readout | Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Danish Acting Permanent Secretary Moller Sorensen (RUS, Arctic)
  • February 16: Statement | Russian Duma Resolution on Eastern Ukraine
  • February 16: Interview | Secretary Antony J. Blinken with Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, and Willie Geist of Morning Joe, MSNBC (RUS)
  • February 16: Interview | Secretary Antony J. Blinken with George Stephanopoulos of ABC’s Good Morning America (RUS)
  • February 16: Advisory | Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Germany (Feb. 17-20; Munich Security Conference)
  • February 16: Advisory | Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Kerry’s Travel to Germany (Feb. 17-20; Munich Security Conference)
  • February 16: Statement | Lithuania National Day

Western Hemisphere

  • February 16: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Canadian Foreign Minister Joly (UKR, RUS, Haiti)
  • February 16: Readout | High-Level Coordination Meeting on Venezuela
  • February 16: Statement | The Guatemalan Public Ministry’s Attacks on Independent Prosecutors

Middle East

  • February 16: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Al-Thani (UKR, RUS, AFG)

Other Matters

  • February 16: Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken at Virtual Summit for Democracy Civil Society Roundtable
  • February 16: Transcript | Department Press Briefing

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Readout: Administrator Samantha Power’s Meeting with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama
  • Readout: Administrator Samantha Power’s Meeting with Eva-Maria Liimets, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
  • Press Release: USAID Providing Additional Assistance to Strengthen Food Security in Haiti
  • Remarks: USAID Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman at the International Event for the Financing of the Reconstruction of the Southern Peninsula of Haiti
  • Readout: Administrator Samantha Power at Global Disability Summit 2022
  • Readout: Administrator Samantha Power’s Meeting with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

Ukraine, Russia

  • Transcript: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Oskar Gorzynski of PAP, Poland
  • Transcript: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Lars Os of NRK, Norway

Other Matters

  • Statement at the Informal meeting of the Plenary to hear a briefing on the report of the Secretary-General on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration
  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Cooperation Between the UN and Collective Security Treaty Organization
  • Explanation of Position on Item 15 at the ECOSOC Ad Hoc Plenary Meeting

Department of the Treasury

  • Readout: Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo’s Meeting with the Bank Policy Institute’s Technology Policy Division

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: Rita Sampson Named Director of Office of Equal Employment Opportunity

Department of Justice

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases

  • Statement from Attorney General Merrick B. Garland on the Life of Walter E. Dellinger III
  • Press Release: Individual Pleads Guilty to Acting Within the United States on Behalf of Russian Government
  • Press Release: Justice Department Files Suit to Prevent Missouri from Restricting Enforcement of Federal Firearms Laws
  • Press Release: Tennessee Man Sentenced to Seven Years for Series of Church Arsons
  • Press Release: Former Defense Contractor Executive Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion
  • Press Release: Court Permanently Shuts Down Chicago Tax Preparer


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

  • Press Release: New Cybersecurity Advisory on Protecting Cleared Defense Contractor Networks Against Years-Long Activity by Russian State-Sponsored Actors
  • Press Release: Five Failed Smuggling Attempts Foiled by RGV Agents
  • Press Release: Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents Stops a Human Smuggling Attempt Involving a Box Truck (Texas)
  • Press Release: Ten Lost Migrants Rescued by Border Patrol Agents (California)
  • Press Release: Re-opening of Limestone Port of Entry Postponed 30 Days Due to Construction Delays (Maine)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Link to daily press releases

Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR)

Daily Schedule:  On Thursday, February 17, 2022, Ambassador Katherine Tai will participate in a roundtable in New York City with small business leaders and entrepreneurs.  Ambassador Jayme White will meet with government and business leaders in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Department of Commerce/National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA)

  • Blog: ICYMI | 20 Industry Associations Send Letter Urging Swift Action on Competition Bill
  • Blog: Black Inventors and Entrepreneurs – Past, Present, and Future
  • Congressional Testimony of Assistant Secretary Davidson on Connecting America: Oversight of the NTIA

US International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release: USITC to Investigate the African Growth and Opportunity Act Program and its Usage
  • Press Release: Granular Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) Resin from India and Russia Injures U.S. Industry, says USITC

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

  • Press Release: FTC Enforcement Action Leads U.S. Dept. of Education to Forgive $71.7 Million in Loans for Students Deceived by DeVry University
  • Press Release: Operators of Investment Coaching Scheme Banned from Industry and Ordered to Pay Millions in Redress to Defrauded Consumers

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

  • Press Release: FCC Releases Agenda for February 23 Meeting of Diversity Council

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

  • Press Release: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Launches New Way for the Public to Petition the Agency for Action

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release: Reta Jo Lewis Sworn in as U.S. Export-Import Bank President and Chair

Department of Interior (DOI)

  • Press Release: Interior Department Releases Blueprints for Implementing Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
  • Press Release: During Alabama Visit, Secretary Haaland Highlights Efforts to Advance Equity and Justice

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Press Release: EPA Proposes Guidance to Support Water Affordability and Clean Water Act Implementation
  • Press Release: EPA Recognizes 49 Water Infrastructure Projects for Excellence and Innovation
  • Link to other EPA press releases

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: South Carolina home healthcare provider pays $120K in back wages, damages to 36 employees after U.S. Department of Labor finds wage violations
  • Press Release: S. Department of Labor awards $4.5M grant to combat child labor in mica mining in Madagascar
  • Press Release: S. Department of Labor recovers $139K in overtime back wages, damages for 21 employees after federal court orders employer to comply
  • Press Release: S. Department of Labor recovers $137,838 in wages, damages For 71 home health care workers denied overtime
  • Press Release: S. Department of Labor offers online compliance webinar for federal contractors, stakeholders, workers amid Bipartisan Infrastructure Law investments

Department of Education

  • Press Release: Education Department Approves $415 Million in Borrower Defense Claims Including for Former DeVry University Students
  • Press Release: S. Department of Education Invites Applicants for Javits Gifted and Talented Program

Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

  • Press Release: HUD Announces Disaster Assistance for Hawaii Disaster Survivors