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US Executive Branch Update – August 19, 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 has no public events scheduled | Biden Residence, Wilmington, Delaware

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

The Vice President has 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 Tuesday-Thursday, August 16-18, 2022

Note: All colored text denotes hyperlinks.

The White House

August 18

  • State Fact Sheets:  How the Inflation Reduction Act Lowers Health Care Costs Across America

  • Fact Sheet:  How the Inflation Reduction Act Helps Tribal Communities

  • Fact Sheet:  White House Announces New Actions to Combat Monkeypox Outbreak

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

August 17

  • State Fact Sheets:  How the Inflation Reduction Act Lowers Energy Costs, Creates Jobs, and Tackles Climate Change Across America

  • Fact Sheet:  Inflation Reduction Act Advances Environmental Justice

  • Fact Sheet:  How the Inflation Reduction Act Helps Rural Communities

August 16

  • Remarks by President Biden At Signing of H.R. 5376, The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

  • Bill Signed into Law:  H.R. 5376, the Inflation Reduction Act

  • Fact Sheet:  How the Inflation Reduction Act Builds a Better Future for Young Americans

  • Fact Sheet:  How the Inflation Reduction Act Helps Black Communities

  • Fact Sheet:  How the Inflation Reduction Act Helps Latino Communities

  • Bills Signed into Law:  H.R. 2992, H.R. 5313, H.R. 6943, and S. 3451

  • Statement by President Joe Biden on FDA Hearing Aids Final Rule

  • Fact Sheet:  BACK TO SCHOOL 2022 | Giving Every School the Tools to Prevent COVID-⁠19 Spread and Stay Safely Open All Year Long

  • Statement from the First Lady’s Communications Director Elizabeth Alexander (re: FLOTUS’ COVID positive test)

Department of Defense (DOD)

August 18

  • Readout:  Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks Visits U.S. Transportation Command and Purdue University

  • Press Release:  Department of Defense Awards $2 Million for Universities to Research Hypersonics Technologies

  • Contracts for August 18, 2022

August 17

  • Joint Press Statement for the 21st Korea-U.S. Integrated Defense Dialogue

  • Press Release:  Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks and Deputy Secretary of Energy David Turk Visit Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee

  • Article:  NCO, Welder Selected as Winner for Dragon’s Lair 7

  • Contracts for August 17, 2022

August 16

  • Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Call with Ukrainian Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov

  • Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Call with Israeli Minister of Defense Benjamin “Benny” Gantz

  • Readout:  Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks Travels to Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana

  • Article:  Midcourse Defense, Guam, Hypersonics Lead Issues at Missile Defense Agency

  • Article:  Air Power!

  • Contracts for August 16, 2022

Department of State

Daily Schedule | Friday, August 19


  • August 17:  Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

Middle East

  • August 17:  Readout | U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen Lenderking’s Return from Travel to the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Saudi Arabia


  • August 17:  Statement | The Gabonese Republic National Day

Western Hemisphere

  • August 18:  Joint Statement | U.S.-Mexico Working Group on Cyber Issues

  • August 17:  Statement | First Cities Summit of the Americas to be held April 26-28, 2023, in Denver, Colorado


  • August 16:  Statement | Indonesia Independence Day

Other Matters

  • August 18:  Statement | Department of State Announces Publication of 38th and Final Edition of World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers (WMEAT)

  • August 17:  Statement | Department of State Announces the Colin Powell Leadership Program

  • August 17:  Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken at an Event in Honor of the Anniversaries of the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program, Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship, and Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship Program

  • August 18:  Transcript | Department Press Briefing

  • August 17:  Transcript | Department Press Briefing

  • August 16:  Statement | Additional U.S. Contribution to the World Food Programme

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

August 18

  • Press Release:  Leading U.S. and Lao Companies Explore Business Opportunities

August 17

  • Readout:  Administrator Samantha Power’s Meeting with Simon Coveney, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ireland

  • Readout:  Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman’s Meeting with Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for South and Central Asia, North Africa, the United Nations and the Commonwealth, House of Lords of the United Kingdom

August 16

  • Readout:  Administrator Samantha Power’s Meeting with Sir Chris Hohn, Founder of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

  • Press Release:  The United States Supporting the UN World Food Program to Purchase Up to 150,000 Metric Tons of Ukrainian Wheat

  • Statement by Administrator Samantha Power on Additional Funding to get Ukrainian Grain to the World’s Most Vulnerable

  • Press Release:  United States Providing Immediate Humanitarian Assistance in Response to Flooding in Pakistan

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

August 18

  • Advisory:  Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Travel to Chicago (Aug 24-26)

August 17

  • Transcript:  Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Dr. Tami Hultman of All Africa

Department of the Treasury

August 16

  • Press Release:  Treasury Releases Initial Information on Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Under Newly Enacted Inflation Reduction Act

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

August 17

  • Press Release:  SEC Charges Barred Broker and His Company with Defrauding Older Americans

August 16

  • Press Release:  SEC Charges Eagle Bancorp and Former CEO with Failing to Disclose Related Party Loans

Department of Justice

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases

August 18

  • Press Release:  Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission Issue Joint Comment to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to Preserve Competition for Regional Transmission

  • Press Release:  California County Organized Health System and Three Health Care Providers Agree to Pay $70.7 Million for Alleged False Claims to California’s Medicaid Program

  • Press Release:  Los Angeles Street Gang Targeted in Federal Racketeering Indictment that Alleges Narcotics, Firearms and Extortion Offenses

  • Press Release:  California Man Receives 10 Year Sentence Following Guilty Plea in South Carolina to Fraud Conspiracy

  • Press Release:  Illinois Family Charged with Kidnapping, Forced Labor, and Conspiracy for Coercing Two Minors and a Third Victim in Years-Long Forced Labor Scheme

  • Press Release:  West Virginia County Deputy Sheriff Charged with Using Excessive Force and Engaging in Cover-Up

August 17

  • Press Release:  Alleged Russian Money Launderer Extradited from the Netherlands to U.S.

  • Press Release:  Defendant in ‘Grandparent Scam’ Network Sentenced for RICO Conspiracy Targeting Elderly Americans

  • Press Release:  Man Charged with Making Threat to Arizona Election Official

August 16

  • Press Release:  Former Member of Congress Charged with Multiple Fraud Schemes

  • Press Release:  Court Authorizes Service of John Doe Summons Seeking the Identities of U.S. Taxpayers Who Have Used Cryptocurrency

  • Press Release:  Justice Department to Monitor Compliance with Federal Voting Rights Laws in Alaska Jurisdictions

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

August 18

  • Press Release:  RGV Agents Rescue Unconscious Woman (Texas)

  • Press Release:  Del Rio Sector Agents Recover 3 Deceased Bodies From Rio Grande (Texas)

  • Press Release:  Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Agents Encounter Travel Trailer Full of Undocumented Migrants (Texas)

  • Press Release:  CBP Officers Seize over $400,000 in Methamphetamine at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry (Texas)

  • Press Release:  San Diego Air and Marine Operations Agents Take Control of a Burning Vessel (California)

  • Press Release:  More Than 12 Million Dollars’ Worth of Hard Narcotics Found in Heavy Machinery at Otay Mesa Commercial Facility (California)

  • Press Release:  Philadelphia CBP Discovers $1.3 Million Cocaine Load on a Flight that arrived from the Dominican Republic (Pennsylvania)

  • Press Release:  CBP’s Philadelphia Area Port Recognized for Outstanding Support to our Employees who also Serve in our Nation’s Military National Guard and Reserve (Pennsylvania)

August 17

  • Press Release:  DHS Announces Funding Allocations for FY 2022 Preparedness Grants

  • Press Release:  Dulles CBP Revokes Trusted Traveler Members of Maryland Couple for Violating U.S. Duty Laws (Virginia)

  • Press Release:  Furry Philadelphia CBP Brigade Protects America’s Agriculture by Sniffing Out Potential Threats (Pennsylvania)

  • Press Release:  El Paso CBP Officers Seize $89K in Unreported Currency at Stanton Street Bridge (Texas)

August 16

  • Press Release:  CBP Officers Clean Up Dirty Laundry (Texas)

  • Press Release:  Brownsville CBP Officers Intercept Six False Claim to U.S. Citizenship Cases in One Week (Texas)

  • Press Release:  Migrant Credited with Saving Herself and 27 Others from Stash House (Texas)

  • Press Release:  Agriculture Specialists Discover Umbilical Cords (Louisiana)

  • Press Release:  CBP Reducing Hours of Operation for the Vanceboro, Maine, Port of Entry (Maine)

  • Press Release:  New Calexico Port Director Roque Caza (California)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Link to daily press releases

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

August 17

  • Press Release:  United States and Taiwan Commence Formal Negotiations on U.S. – Taiwan Initiative on 21st Century Trade

August 16

  • Press Release:  United States Announces Successful Resolution of Rapid Response Labor Mechanism Matter at Auto Parts Facility in Frontera, Mexico

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

August 18

  • NTIA Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Awards Nearly $50 Million to Expand High-Speed Internet Access on Tribal Land in Mississippi, Oklahoma

August 17

  • Press Release:  Boston Mayor Wu Announces City Awarded $23 Million EDA Good Jobs Challenge Grant

  • NTIA Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration’s Internet for All Initiative Moves Forward with 100% Participation in Planning Grants

August 16

  • Press Release:  U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo Statement on Signing of Inflation Reduction Act

U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC)

August 16

  • Press Release:  USITC Makes Determination in Five-Year (Sunset) Review Concerning Glycine From China

  • Press Release:  USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Mobile Electronic Devices

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

August 18

  • Press Release:  Federal Trade Commission Sends More than $822,000 to Students Deceived by Student Advocates’ Debt Relief Scam

August 17

  • Press Release:  Federal Trade Commission, DOJ Urge FERC to Preserve Robust Wholesale Electricity Markets

U.S. Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

August 18

  • Press Release:  EXIM Bank of the United States Board of Directors Unanimously Approves “Fast Track” Status for Huntington National Bank

  • Press Release:  Registration Opens for 2022 Export-Import Bank of the United States Annual Conference in December

August 17

  • Press Release:  EXIM Bank of the United States First Vice President and Vice Chair Judith Pryor Tours Rhode Island and Maine Small Businesses with Senators and Local Officials

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

August 18

  • Press Release:  USDA Announces First Three Lenders for Heirs’ Property Relending Program

August 16

  • Press Release:  USDA Announces New Resource Guides for Tribal Governments, Citizens, and Organizations

Department of Energy (DOE)

August 18

  • Press Release:  DOE Projects Monumental Emissions Reduction From Inflation Reduction Act

August 17

  • Press Release:  DOE Announces $45 Million for Next-Generation Cyber Tools to Protect the Power Grid

August 16

  • Press Release:  DOE Finds Record Production and Job Growth in U.S. Wind Power Sector

Department of Interior (DOI)

August 18

  • Press Release:  President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Help Communities Reduce Vulnerability to Drought

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Continues Offshore Wind Momentum, Announces Next Steps for Gulf of Maine

August 16

  • Press Release:  Interior Department Announces Actions to Protect Colorado River System, Sets 2023 Operating Conditions for Lake Powell and Lake Mead

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

August 18

  • Press Release:  U.S. and Mexico agree to invest $474M to address Tijuana River sewage problem

  • Press Release:  EPA Awards $400,000 Environmental Education Grants to Empower Students, Teachers and Communities in Oregon and Washington

  • Press Release:  EPA to Support Recreation Economy Growth in Ohio

August 17

  • Press Release:  EPA Seeks Input on Proposed Amendments to the New Source Performance Standards for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration to Help Rural Communities Grow Outdoor Recreation Economy

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration to help Butte, Montana, and Monte Vista, Colorado, communities grow outdoor recreation economy

  • Link to other EPA press releases

Department of Transportation

August 19

  • Press Release:  Secretary Buttigieg to Visit Six States on Building a Better America Tour (Florida, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Ohio, Nevada, New Hampshire; Aug. 23-26)

August 18

  • Press Release:  Biden Administration, USDOT Announce Over $233 Million in Grants to Upgrade Intercity Passenger Rail Service

  • Press Release:  Department of Transportation Announces Programs to Join Biden-Harris Administration’s Justice40 Initiative

August 16

  • Press Release:  FY22 FTA Bus and Low- and No-Emission Grant Awards

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

August 18

  • Press Release:  FAA Awards $2.7M in Drone Research to Support Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Response

Department of Labor

August 18

  • Press Release:  Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor announces programs to support Biden-Harris administration’s Justice40 initiative

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor recovers $92K in overtime back pay, damages for 18 workers at Indianapolis grocer’s three locations

  • Press Release:  Tampa Marco’s Pizza franchisee pays nearly $8K in penalties after allowing 15-year-olds to work outside permitted hours, engage in hazardous duties

  • Press Release:  Maryland contractor continues to expose workers to falls from elevation, construction’s deadliest hazard, this time at Pennsylvania worksite

August 17

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor launches 5-year initiative in Mid-Atlantic states to reduce worker injuries, illnesses in warehousing, storage, distribution yards

August 16

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor seeks to help state, local governments expand Competitive Integrated Employment for people with disabilities

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Trade Representative applaud effort that ends workers’ rights violations at Teksid Hierro auto parts plant

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor to fuel Registered Apprenticeships’ growth with ApprenticeshipUSA branding effort, public conversations

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor cites Phoenix-area event facility operator for safety failures after investigation of worker’s fatal injuries

Department of Education

August 18

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Education Announces $51.7 Million in 189 McNair Grants to Improve Disadvantaged Students’ Preparation for Doctoral Study

August 16

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Reaches Settlement with Victor Valley Union High School District in California

  • Press Release:  Education Department approves $3.9 billion group discharge for 208,000 borrowers who attended ITT Technical Institute

Health & Human Services (HHS)

August 18

  • Press Release:  HHS Facilitates Agreement to Accelerate Delivery of Additional Smallpox and Monkeypox Vaccines Using New U.S. Production Line

  • Press Release:  As American Families Prepare for Back-to-School, Biden-Harris Administration Strengthens Access to High-Quality, Comprehensive Health Care for Children

  • Press Release:  Inaugural PandemicX Accelerator Graduates Cohort Creating a Model for Future Public-Private Collaboration

August 17

  • Press Release:  HHS Deputy Secretary and ACF Assistant Secretary Visit Operation Allies Welcome National Conference Center

August 16

  • Statements by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure on President Biden Signing Inflation Reduction Act into Law

  • Press Release:  HHS Approves 12-month Extension of Postpartum Medicaid and CHIP Coverage in Hawaii, Maryland, and Ohio

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

August 18

  • Press Release:  FDA Warns Manufacturer for Marketing Illegal Flavored Nicotine Gummies

August 17

  • Press Release:  FDA Approves First Cell-Based Gene Therapy to Treat Adult and Pediatric Patients with Beta-thalassemia Who Require Regular Blood Transfusions

August 16

  • Press Release:  FDA Finalizes Historic Rule Enabling Access to Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids for Millions of Americans

  • Press Release:  FDA Roundup | August 16, 2022

Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

August 18

  • Press Release:  Federal Housing Administration Implements Residential Care Facility “Green Mortgage Insurance Premium” Reductions

August 16

  • Press Release:  HUD Awards $34 Million Loan Guarantee to Cincinnati, OH for Affordable Housing

  • Press Release:  HUD Awards $41 Million to Boost Local Affordable Housing and Community Development

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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.