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US Executive Branch Update – August 12, 2022

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 is in South Carolina on vacation and has no public events scheduled.

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

11:05 a.m. PDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT will deliver remarks at an event highlighting efforts to support Oakland students and their aspirations for higher education. She will be joined by Mayor Libby Schaaf | Generation Thrive in Oakland, California

12:10 p.m. PDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT will hear from commercial space companies about their latest innovations during a tour at Chabot Space & Science Center | Oakland, California

1:35 p.m. PDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT will deliver remarks about how the Biden-Harris Administration will support the commercial space sector | Chabot Space & Science Center

2:40 p.m. PDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT will depart Oakland, California, en route Los Angeles, California

*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 Thursday, August 11, 2022

Note: All colored text denotes hyperlinks.

The White House

  • Readout of Vice President Kamala Harris’ Meeting with Nevada State Legislators and Advocates on Reproductive Rights

  • Remarks by Vice President Harris during Press Call on Investments in Tribal Broadband

  • Fact Sheet:  Biden-⁠Harris Administration Brings High-Speed, Affordable Internet to Tribal Communities

  • Readout of Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves’ Meeting with Puerto Rico Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi

  • Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Phone Call with Kuwaiti Prime Minister Ahmad al-Nawaf al-Sabah

  • Statement from CEA Chair Cecilia Rouse on Encouraging Economic News

  • Transcript:  Press Briefing by White House Monkeypox Response Team and Public Health Officials

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Call with Egyptian Minister of Defense Mohamed Zaki

  • Article:  Blackhearts Train at Night

  • Contracts for August 11, 2022

Department of State

Daily Schedule | Friday, August 12

SecState’s Trip

  • August 11:  Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Rwandan Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta at a Joint Press Availability

  • August 11:  Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken Following his Meeting with Civil Society Representatives from Rwanda

  • August 11:  Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the Kigali Genocide Memorial


  • August 11:  Statement | U.S. Diplomatic Representation for Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe Moves to U.S. Embassy Luanda

  • August 11:  Statement | Chad National Day


  • August 11:  Statement | United States and Vietnam Continue Cooperation on Energy Security

Middle East

  • August 11:  Advisory | U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen Lenderking’s Travel to the UAE, Oman, and Saudi Arabia

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Readout:  Administrator Samantha Power Meets With Central American Journalists

  • Postponed: Administrator Samantha Power and Chef Tom Colicchio to Host a Twitter Spaces Discussion with Experts on the Hunger Crisis in the Horn of Africa

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

  • Remarks by Under Secretary of State Bonnie D. Jenkins at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (UKR)

  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Penholdership

Department of the Treasury

  • Readout:  Assistant Secretary Elizabeth Rosenberg’s Visit to Singapore

Department of Justice

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases

  • Speech:  Attorney General Merrick Garland Delivers Remarks (re: FBI)

  • Speech:  Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Johnathan Smith for Civil Rights Division Delivers Opening Statement at Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

  • Press Release:  Justice Department Closes Review after the South Dakota Unified Judicial System Improves Access for People with Limited English Proficiency

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

  • Press Release:  Back-to-School | Business and Law Enforcement Team Up to Protect Students, Parents, and Teachers from Counterfeit Goods (Washington, D.C.)

  • Press Release:  Laredo Sector Border Patrol together with Texas Department of Public Safety shut down stash house (Texas)

  • Press Release:  RGV Agents Rescue Injured and Lost Migrants (Texas)

  • Press Release:  CBP Officers Seize $95K in Unreported Currency from Travelers at Dulles Airport (Virginia)

  • Press Release:  Canadian citizen arrested for possible illegal entry, kidnapping (Montana)

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 Australian Minister for Trade and Tourism Don Farrell

  • Readout of Ambassador Sarah Bianchi’s Meeting with Thailand Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Vijavat Isarabhakdi

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

  • Readout of Deputy Secretary Don Graves’ Meeting with Puerto Rico Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi

  • Press Release:  NTIA’s Institute for Telecommunication Sciences and Department of Defense Select 5G Challenge Stage Two Winners and Stage Three Contestants

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

  • Press Release:  Federal Trade Commission Returns More Than $9.7 Million To Consumers Harmed by LendingClub’s Deceptive Hidden Fees

  • Press Release:  FTC Explores Rules Cracking Down on Commercial Surveillance and Lax Data Security Practices

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

  • Press Release:  CFPB Takes Action to Protect the Public from Shoddy Data Security Practices

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Invests $74 Million to Improve Health Care for People Living in 37 States, Guam and Puerto Rico

Department of Energy (DOE)

  • Press Release:  DOE Announces Contract Awards for Latest Crude Oil Sales from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Department of Interior (DOI)

  • Press Release:  Interior Department Announces Next Steps for Selection by Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans on Millions of Acres of Federal Lands

  • Press Release:  Interior Department Leaders Highlight Biden-Harris Administration’s Commitment to Strengthening Indian Country, Environmental Protections at United Nations Conference

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Press Release:  EPA Awards over $225,000 to Advance Environmental Justice in Arizona

  • Press Release:  Under EPA agreement, Marine Corps Base Hawaii to make improvements after stormwater violations

  • Link to other EPA press releases

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Announces Funding for 166 Projects to Modernize Transportation Across the Country and Make it More Affordable, Increase Safety and Strengthen Supply Chains

Department of Labor

  • Press Release:  Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

  • Press Release:  Bureau of Labor Statistics offers regional updates on labor market, economic disparities, regional growth at online Data Users Conference

  • Press Release:  Baton Rouge car wash, oil change, convenience store operator cited after federal workplace safety investigation into stabbing of assistant manager

  • Press Release:  Wing Stop franchisee illegally deducts uniform, training, background check costs; U.S. Labor Department recovers $51K for 244 workers

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor, owners of Taqueria Garibaldi agree to stipulated preliminary injunction addressing employee intimidation

Department of Education

  • Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on Updated CDC Guidance

  • Press Release:  During ‘Raise the B.A.R.’ Summit, Education Department Announces College Completion Fund Competition to Support Postsecondary Student Success

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release:  KidneyX Launches New Artificial Kidney Prize with $10.5 Million in Funding

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • Press Release:  CDC streamlines COVID-19 guidance to help the public better protect themselves and understand their risk

Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

  • Press Release:  HUD Announces $10 Million Funding Opportunity for Capacity Building in Rural America

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About this Author

Stacy Swanson, Public Policy Specialist, Squire Patton Boggs Law Firm
Public Policy Specialist

Stacy Swanson helps sovereign governments successfully navigate Washington and understand United States Government policy. She regularly provides clients with strategies which effectively leverage existing relationships to advocate policy objectives before the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government.