US Executive Branch Update – August 12, 2022

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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