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US Executive Branch Update – August 26, 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*

9:30 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief

11:00 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT drops by a meeting with state and local elected officials on Women’s Equality Day to discuss actions to protect access to reproductive health care | Roosevelt Room

1:55 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Beltsville, Maryland

4:05 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Beltsville, Maryland, en route New Castle, Delaware

4:40 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives in New Castle, Delaware

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

The Vice President has no public events scheduled.

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

12:45 p.m. EDT – Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre | James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

*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-Thursday, August 24-25, 2022

Note: All colored text denotes hyperlinks.

The White House

August 25

  • Executive Order on the Implementation of the CHIPS Act of 2022

  • Fact Sheet:  President Biden Signs Executive Order to Implement the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022

  • Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine

  • Memorandum on Presidential Determination on the Proposed Agreement to Extend the Agreement for Cooperation between the United States of America and the Republic of South Africa Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy

  • Letter to Congress consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148)

  • Statement from Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Reproductive Rights

  • Readout of Meeting with Colleges and Universities on Monkeypox and COVID-⁠19 Guidance for a Safe Return to Campus

  • Press Release:  President Biden Announces 20th Fly Formula Mission

  • Disaster Declaration:  President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Amends New Mexico Disaster Declaration

  • Proclamation on Women’s Equality Day, 2022

August 24

  • Remarks by President Biden Announcing Student Loan Debt Relief Plan

  • Fact Sheet:  President Biden Announces Student Loan Relief for Borrowers Who Need It Most

  • Transcript:  Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on Student Loan Relief

  • Statement by President Joe Biden on Strengthening Protections for Dreamers

  • Transcript:  Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice, and NEC Deputy Director Bharat Ramamurti

  • Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with Frédéric Bernard, Head of Cabinet to the President of the European Council

  • Statement from Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act Decision

  • Statement from President Biden on Ukraine Independence Day

  • Statement from President Biden on the Appointment of Kimberly Cheatle to be the Next Director of the United States Secret Service

  • Disaster Declaration:  President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Amends New Mexico Disaster Declaration

Department of Defense (DOD)

August 25

  • Transcript:  Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder Holds an Off-camera Press Briefing

  • Transcript:  Senior Defense Official Holds a Background Briefing

  • Press Release:  Civilian Harm Mitigation and Response Action Plan Fact Sheet

  • Publication:  Civilian Harm Mitigation and Response Action Plan

  • Article:  Strikes Send Clear Message to Iranian-Backed Groups in Syria to Stop Attacks on U.S. Forces

  • Article:  U.S. Should Not Surrender Clean Energy Technology to China, DOD Official Says

  • Article:  Deputy Secretary Discusses Roles for Universities in Nation’s Defense

  • Article:  How U.S. Cyber Command, NSA Are Defending Midterm Elections: One Team, One Fight

  • Article:  Warrior Games Bring the Magic

  • Contracts for August 25, 2022

August 24

  • Press Release:  Nearly $3 Billion in Additional Security Assistance for Ukraine

  • Fact Sheet:  Ukraine Fact Sheet – Aug. 24

  • Transcript:  Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Colin Kahl Holds a Press Briefing on Security Assistance in Support of Ukraine

  • Article:  Aid Package Is Proof Putin Can’t ‘Wait Out’ Ukraine, Partners

  • Article:  U.S. Announces $2.98 Billion in Aid to Ukraine

  • Readout of the 5th Round of the U.S.-Brazil Strategic Defense Talks

  • Publication:  DoD Warfighter Brain Health Initiative – Strategy and Action Plan

  • Contracts for August 24, 2022

Department of State

Daily Schedule | Friday, August 26

Asia-Pacific

  • August 25:  Statement | The Upheld Conviction of Pham Doan Trang (Vietnam)

  • August 25:  Statement | Joint Statement on the Mongolia-United States Strategic Partnership

  • August 24:  Statement | Marking Five Years Since the Genocide in Burma

  • August 24:  Statement | Joint Ministerial Statement Marking the 5th Anniversary of the Myanmar Military’s Attack against Rohingya and Ensuing Crisis

Europe, Ukraine, Russia

  • August 25:  Statement | Accountability for War Crimes and Other Atrocities in Ukraine: Recent Reporting and the Commitment of Additional Funding

  • August 24:  Statement | The Kremlin’s Illegitimate Tribunals in Mariupol

  • 24:  Statement | Ukraine’s Independence Day

  • August 24:  Statement | New Senior Advisor for Caucasus Negotiations

Middle East

  • August 24:  Readout | Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Israeli National Security Advisor Hulata

Africa

  • August 24:  Statement | Five Months of a Humanitarian Truce in Ethiopia

Western Hemisphere

  • August 25:  Statement | Uruguay National Day

Other Matters

  • August 25:  Statement | Joint Statement on FIRST Program Cooperation at the 2022 NPT Review Conference

  • August 24:  Advisory | Assistant Secretary Medina’s Travel to New York (Aug 25)

  • August 24:  Statement | Forbes Names U.S. Department of State as One of America’s Best-In-State Employers for 2022

Department Briefings

  • August 24:  Transcript | Department Press Briefing

  • August 25:  Transcript | Department Press Briefing

  • August 25:  Transcript | Special Online Briefing with Ambassador Bonnie Denise Jenkins, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

August 24

  • Press Release:  Five Years After Start Of Rohingya Genocide

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

August 25

  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Tackling the Global Food Security Crisis at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Media at an Urban Growers Collective Farm in Chicago

  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East

August 24

  • Joint Statement on Six Months of Russia’s Full-Scale Invasion of Ukraine

  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ukraine

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

August 25

  • Press Release:  Treasury Announces Cyber Security Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding with the State of Israel

  • Readout:  Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo’s Travel to Mumbai

August 24

  • Remarks by Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Department of the Treasury

August 25

  • Press Release:  Treasury Announces Cyber Security Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding with the State of Israel

  • Readout:  Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo’s Travel to Mumbai

August 24

  • Remarks by Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

August 25

  • Press Release:  SEC Charges Infrastructure Company Granite Construction and Former Executive with Financial Reporting Fraud

  • Press Release:  SEC Adopts Pay Versus Performance Disclosure Rules

August 24

  • Press Release:  SEC Publishes Draft FY22-26 Strategic Plan for Public Comment

Department of Justice

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases

August 25

  • Press Release:  Justice Department Announces $49.85 Million in Office on Violence Against Women Grants to Support Legal Services and Related Programs for Survivors

  • Press Release:  Global Shipping Container Suppliers China International Marine Containers and Maersk Container Industry Abandon Merger after Justice Department Investigation

  • Press Release:  Ten MS-13 Gang Members Indicted on Murder and Racketeering Charges

  • Press Release:  Florida Tax Preparer Sentenced to Prison for Criminal Contempt

  • Press Release:  Former Senior Executive of Defense Contractor Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

  • Press Release:  Florida Man Found Guilty of Hate Crime for Racially-Motivated Attack Against Black Man Driving with his Family

August 24

  • Press Release:  Frame and Receiver Rule Goes into Effect

  • Statement from Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Regarding Reproductive Rights

  • Press Release:  Department of Justice Announces the Opening of Nominations for the Sixth Annual Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing

  • Press Release:  Venezuelan Businessman Charged in Bribery and Money Laundering Scheme

  • Press Release:  Justice Department Secures Settlement with Texas Harvesting Company to Resolve Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim

  • Press Release:  Maryland Police Officer Indicted for Excessive Force and Witness Tampering

  • Press Release:  Florida Woman Sentenced to Prison for Her Role in Nationwide Tax Fraud Scheme

  • Press Release:  Florida Marketer in Syndicated Conservation Easement Scheme Pleads Guilty to Filing False Tax Return

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

August 25

  • Press Release:  Law enforcement agencies working together apprehend over 40 undocumented individuals in three separate incidents (Texas)

  • Press Release:  CBP Officers Seize $390,000 in Fentanyl at Laredo Port of Entry (Texas)

  • Press Release:  El Paso and Santa Teresa CBP Officers Seize Hard Narcotics and Undeclared Currency (Texas)

  • Press Release:  Abandoned Migrants Rescued by Border Patrol (California)

  • Press Release:  Memphis Seizes Ancient Egyptian Artifact (Tennessee)

  • Press Release:  CBP Louisville Goes Back to School with a Major in Opioid Detection (Kentucky)

August 24

  • Press Release:  DHS Issues Regulation to Preserve and Fortify DACA

  • Statement:  Following HSAC Recommendation, DHS terminates Disinformation Governance Board

  • Statement by Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas on Appointment of Kimberly Cheatle as Director of the U.S. Secret Service

  • Press Release:  CISA Releases New Insight on Preparing Critical Infrastructure for the Transition to Post-Quantum Cryptography

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Link to daily press releases

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

August 25

  • Readout of the Second Meeting of the U.S.-Japan Partnership on Trade

  • Advisory:  Ambassador Katherine Tai to Travel to New Hampshire (Aug. 30)

Department of Commerce

August 25

  • Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with Japan’s Minister for Economy, Trade, and Industry Yasutoshi Nishimura

  • Press Release:  Commerce Department Launches CHIPS.gov for CHIPS Program Implementation

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Awards More Than $143 Million in Grants to Expand High-Speed Internet Access on Tribal Land in California, Washington

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

August 24

  • Press Release:  Federal Trade Commission Returning Almost $21,000 to Consumers Nationwide Who Bought Deceptively Marketed CBD Products from Kushly Industries

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

August 25

  • Press Release:  Rosenworcel Shares Mobile Carrier Responses to Data Privacy Probe

August 24

  • Press Release:  FCC Announces Nearly $42 Million in Emergency Connectivity Funding

  • Press Release:  Carr Criticizes FCC Infrastructure Reversal

U.S. Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

August 24

  • Press Release:  EXIM Bank of the United States Board Member Owen Herrnstadt Tours Costa Rica on Trade Mission with U.S. Delegation Led by Commerce Under Secretary Lago

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

August 24

  • Press Release:  USDA Invests $121 Million in Critical Infrastructure to Combat Climate Change Across Rural America

  • Press Release:  USDA Announces Up to $550 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding for Projects Benefiting Underserved Producers and Minority Serving Institutions that Create Career Development Opportunities for Next Generation Leaders

Department of Energy (DOE)

August 25

  • Press Release:  Federal Working Group Announces Establishment of Rapid Response Team to Support Energy Communities in The Four Corners

  • Press Release:  DOE Announces $540 Million for Technologies to Transform Energy Production and Cut Emissions

Department of Interior (DOI)

August 25

  • Press Release:  Through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, 24 States Set to Begin Plugging Over 10,000 Orphaned Wells

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Investing $15.8 Million to Restore Delaware River Watershed

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

August 26

  • Press Release:  EPA Proposes Designating Certain PFAS Chemicals as Hazardous Substances Under Superfund to Protect People’s Health

August 25

  • Press Release:  EPA Report Highlights Significant Decline in Emissions, Improved Air Quality from Bipartisan Diesel Emissions Reduction Act

  • Link to other EPA press releases

Department of Labor

August 25

  • Press Release:  Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

  • Press Release:  Appeals court rules Minnesota mine operator ‘flagrantly’ violated Mine Act after elevated walkway collapsed in 2016

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor, Balfour Beatty Construction to promote workplace safety, health at Atlanta’s West Peachtree project

August 24

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor awards $50M in additional grants to fund Registered Apprenticeship hubs to expand apprenticeships

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor announces $3.4M in grants to expand job opportunities for women in apprenticeships, nontraditional occupations

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor enforcement initiative seeks to reduce violations of guest worker program by Southeast employers

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor cites Wauchula labor contractor after 35-year-old farmworker suffers fatal heat illness

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor twice finds Suamico general contractor exposing workers to potentially deadly fall hazards; proposes $37K in fine

  • Press Release:  Ohio contractor again found defying federal safety requirements, continues 11-year history of exposing roofers to deadly fall hazards

Department of Education

August 25

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Education Releases Back-to-School Checklist for Parents

August 24

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Announces Final Student Loan Pause Extension Through December 31 and Targeted Debt Cancellation to Smooth Transition to Repayment

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

August 25

  • Press Release:  FDA and Mexican Counterparts Report Progress in Food Safety at Second Annual Partnership Meeting

Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

August 25

  • Press Release:  HUD Closes Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Conversion Transaction with Franklin Housing Authority in Franklin, Tennessee to Build 76 New Construction Affordable Rental Homes

August 24

  • Press Release:  HUD Releases Allocation Strategy and Program Requirements for New Stability Vouchers

  • Press Release:  HUD Awards $41.3 Million in Housing Counseling Grants

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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. 

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