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

POTUS’ Schedule*

The President and The First Lady are in Reno, Nevada, and have no public events scheduled.

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

The Vice President and The Second Gentleman are in Washington, D.C., and have no public events scheduled.

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

Recap of Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Note: All colored text denotes hyperlinks.

The White House

  • Remarks by President Biden in Press Gaggle (re: RUS/Prigozhin)
  • Statement from NSC Spokesperson Adrienne Watson on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s Space Launch
  • Fact Sheet:  Biden-⁠Harris Administration’s Latest Actions to Support Communities Impacted by Maui Wildfires
  • Disaster Declaration:  President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Alaska Disaster Declaration
  • Statement from President Joe Biden on Cancer Moonshot Announcement
  • Press Release:  As Part of President Biden’s Unity Agenda, Biden Cancer Moonshot Announces Launch of ARPA-H’s CUREIT Project Led by Emory University to Develop New Tools to Strengthen the Immune System and Save Lives
  • Statement from Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Administration Actions to Counter COVID-⁠19 Fraud
  • Statement from Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on the Upcoming Bilateral Meeting Between President Joe Biden and President Rodrigo Chaves Robles of Costa Rica (Aug. 29)

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Article:  Finding Remains of Missing Service Members a Diplomatic Success Story
  • Article:  Pentagon Official Calls for Total Force Focus on Emerging Biothreats
  • Contracts for August 23, 2023

Department of State

Daily Schedule | Thursday, August 24, 2023

Nature Crime Alliance

  • August 23:  Statement | Joint Statement on Launch of the Nature Crime Alliance

Illicit Activity | Virtual Currency

  • August 23:  Statement | United States Takes Actions to Combat Illicit Activity Utilizing Virtual Currency


  • August 23:  Statement | Expanding Burma Sanctions Authorities and Imposing Sanctions on Additional Jet Fuel Suppliers
  • August 23:  Statement | Selection of Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin

Middle East

  • August 23:  Transcript | Special Online Press Briefing with Tim Lenderking, U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen

Western Hemisphere

  • August 23:  Statement | The United States Announces Humanitarian Assistance for the Western Hemisphere Regional Migration Program

Other Matters

  • August 23:  Statement | Forbes Names U.S. Department of State as one of America’s Best-In-State Employers for 2023

U.S. Mission to the United Nations (USUN)

  • Joint Statement on Myanmar
  • Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Situation in Burma
  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Political Situation in Syria

Department of the Treasury

  • Sanctions:  Treasury Expands Burma-Related Sanctions and Designates Additional Jet Fuel Suppliers in Burma
  • Sanctions:  Treasury Designates Roman Semenov, Co-Founder of Sanctioned Virtual Currency Mixer Tornado Cash
  • Sanctions List Updates:  Burma-related Designations; Cyber-related Designation; North Korea Designation; Iraq-related Designation Removal; Publication of Burma-related Determination and Associated Frequently Asked Questions

Security Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release:  SEC Charges Former Attorney at U.S.-Based Global Law Firm with Insider Trading
  • Press Release:  SEC Charges Former New Jersey Corrections Officer with Crypto Fraud Scheme Targeting Law Enforcement Personne
  • Press Release:  SEC Reopens Comment Period for Enhanced Safeguarding Rule for Registered Investment Advisers Proposal
  • Press Release:  SEC Enhances the Regulation of Private Fund Advisers
  • Press Release:  SEC Adopts Amendments to Exemption From National Securities Association Membership

Department of Justice (DOJ)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases

  • Press Release:  Justice Department Announces Results of Nationwide COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Action
  • Speech:  Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco Announces Results of Nationwide COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Action
  • Press Release:  Tornado Cash Founders Charged with Money Laundering and Sanctions Violations
  • Press Release:  Owners of Military Contracting Companies Sentenced for Bid Rigging in Texas
  • Press Release:  Five Amazon Marketplace Sellers and Four Amazon Marketplace Companies Sentenced for Price Fixing
  • Press Release:  Former FBI Contractor Charged with Child Exploitation Offenses
  • Press Release:  Idaho Diesel Parts Companies and Owner Agree to Pay $1 Million After Pleading Guilty to Selling and Installing Illegal Defeat Devices
  • Press Release:  Justice Department Awards Almost $70 Million in Grant Funding for Support Services for American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Crime
  • Press Release:  South Carolina Man and Woman Plead Guilty to Hate Crime and Conspiracy for Bias-Motivated Armed Robberies Targeting Hispanic Victims
  • Speech:  Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers Remarks at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nebraska

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

  • CBP Press Release:  Roma Port of Entry CBP officers take custody of man, verify outstanding homicide warrant (Texas)
  • CBP Press Release:  CBP, FWS Seize Seahorses, Snakes, Snake Oil, and Prohibited Pork Products at Dulles Airport (Virginia)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Link to daily press releases

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR)

  • Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai’s Meeting with France’s Minister for Foreign Trade Olivier Becht
  • Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai’s Meeting with WTO Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Department of Commerce

  • Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness
  • Blog:  IPAs On Tap | NTIA’s Role in Cybersecurity Policy

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

  • Press Release:  FTC Announces Claims Process for Consumers Whose Credit Reports Were Misused by Home Security Firm Vivint

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

  • Press Release:  FCC Announces $68 Million in Emergency Connectivity Funding
  • Press Release:  Hawaii Wildfires Communications Status Report – Aug. 23, 2023

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release:  USDA Grows Private Sector Tech Innovation in Food and Agriculture
  • Press Release:  USDA Announces $72.9 Million in Grant Funding Awarded to Support U.S. Specialty Crop Producers; Marks $1 Billion in Investments through this Program

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Press Release:  EPA Seeks Nominations for Public Participation in Red Hill Community Representation Initiative
  • Link to other EPA press releases

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

  • Press Release:  FAA Hits 1,500-Controller Hiring Goal for 2023

Department of Labor (DOL)

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor orders North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality to remove reprimand from employee’s personnel file
  • Press Release:  Partnership between U.S. Department of Labor, Workplace Justice Project will help expand outreach to New Orleans’ low-wage workers
  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor files lawsuit to require DISH Network to provide employment data to complete compliance review at New Jersey location
  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor recovers $174K in back wages for 50 caregivers employed by Fayetteville independent living service that failed to pay overtime
  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor awards $1.3M grant to State of Illinois to accelerate gender equity, inclusion in infrastructure workforce
  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor announces corporate-wide settlement agreement with Dollar Tree, Family Dollar to address hazards at thousands of US stores

Department of Education

  • Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on the Transformation and Decentralization Plan for the Puerto Rico Department of Education

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Awards More Than $64 Million in Grants to Fund Mental Health Services and Awareness Training Across United States and Territories
  • Press Release:  HHS Launches National Sarcopenia Awareness Campaign

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release:  FDA Names First Deputy Commissioner for Proposed, Unified Human Foods Program

Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

  • Press Release:  HUD Announces Funding to Support People Experiencing Homelessness in Maui through Rapid Response Program
  • Press Release:  HUD and Census Bureau Report New Residential Sales in July 2023

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

  • Cost Estimate:  S. 359, Supreme Court Ethics, Recusal, and Transparency Act of 2023