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US Executive Branch Update – August 29, 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*

9:00 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs New Castle, Delaware, en route the White House

9:55 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at the White House

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

6:40 a.m. EDT – the Vice President and Second Gentleman will depart Orlando, Florida, en route to Kennedy Space Center, Florida

8:30 a.m. EDT – the Vice President and Second Gentleman will view the Artemis I launch

10:05 a.m. EDT – the Vice President and Second Gentleman will tour Artemis II and Artemis III mission hardware

12:00 p.m. EDT – the Vice President will deliver remarks regarding the Artemis I launch

1:00 p.m. EDT – the Vice President and Second Gentleman will depart Kennedy Space Center, Florida, en route to Washington, D.C.

Note:  Per NASA Communications, Artemis I launch director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson has called a scrub of today’s launch due to an engine issue.  The next opportunity to launch starts 12:48 p.m. EDT on September 2, if the engine issue is resolved.

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

1:30 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 Friday-Sunday, August 26-28, 2022

Note: All colored text denotes hyperlinks.

The White House

August 29

  • Statement by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Announcing the Date of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health (Sept. 28; Washington, D.C.)

August 28

  • Fact Sheet:  White House Announces President Biden Will Host the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment Conference on September 19, 2022 (New York City, New York)

  • Statement by President Joe Biden on the 59th Anniversary of the March on Washington

August 27

  • Remarks by Vice President Harris at a DNC Finance Event | California

August 26

  • Statement by President Biden on PCE Inflation Data

  • Remarks by President Biden during Meeting on Reproductive Rights with State and Local Officials

  • Remarks by President Biden at a at a Democratic National Committee Grassroots Rally | Maryland

  • Remarks by President Biden at a Reception for the Democratic National Committee | Maryland

  • Remarks by President Biden before Marine One Departure

  • Bill Signed into Law:  S. 4458, the “Ensuring the Best Schools for Veterans Act of 2022,” which improves the process for how VA decides and evaluates programs of education for violations of the 85/15 rule

  • Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with Israeli Minister of Defense Benjamin Gantz

  • Transcript:  Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council Bharat Ramamurti, August 26, 2022

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

  • Statement of President Joe Biden on the Anniversary of the Terrorist Attack Outside Kabul Airport

  • Statement from Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on New Abortion Bans

  • Appointments:  President Biden Announces Key Appointments to Boards and Commissions

  • Press Release:  Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces the Application Period for Spring Session of the White House Internship Program

  • Disaster Declaration:  President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Alaska Disaster Declaration

  • Proclamation on Overdose Awareness Week, 2022

  • Memorandum on the Delegation of Authority Under Section 614(a)(1) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961

  • Memorandum on the Delegation of Authority Under Section 614(a)(1) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III (re: anniversary of the attack at Abbey Gate in Afghanistan)

  • Press Release:  DoD Announces Appointments to the Defense Advisory Committee for the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct

  • Contracts for August 26, 2022

Department of State

Daily Schedule | Monday, August 29

  • August 28:  Statement | Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Remains Strong Despite Russian Obstructionism

  • August 28:  Advisory | Assistant Secretary Medina’s Travel to Cape Canaveral and Stockholm

  • August 27:  Statement | Moldova’s Independence Day

  • August 26:  Statement | Remembering the Loss of 13 American Heroes (Afghanistan)

  • August 26:  Statement | Establishing an Ambassador-at-Large for the Arctic Region

  • August 26:  Statement | U.S. Department of State Concludes Settlements of Alleged Export Violations by Ryan Adams, Marc Baier, and Daniel Gericke

  • August 26:  Transcript | Special Briefing via Telephone with Lt. Gen. Alexus G. Grynkewich AFCENT Commander

  • August 26:  Advisory | Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Kerry’s Travel to Greece, Indonesia, and Vietnam

  • August 26:  Advisory | Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Michele Sison’s Travel to Slovenia

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

  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at Chicago State University

  • Transcript:  Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Sasha-Ann Simons of WBEZ Chicago

  • Transcript:  Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Rufus Williams of WVON – Chicago

  • Transcript:  Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Mike Lowe of WGN – Chicago 

Department of the Treasury

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

  • General Licenses:  Issuance of Iran General License M-2 and Amended Frequently Asked Question

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release:  SEC Issues First Fee Rate Advisory for Fiscal Year 2023

  • Press Release:  SEC Amends Whistleblower Rules to Incentivize Whistleblower Tips

Department of Justice

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases

  • Readout of Southwest Border U.S. Attorneys Visit to Mexico

  • Press Release:  $1.2 Million to Be Returned to Romanian Government, the Victim of an International Tax Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme

  • Press Release:  New Mexico Man Indicted for Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS

  • Press Release:  Queens Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS

  • Press Release:  Former Tennessee Law Enforcement Officer Sentenced for Federal Civil Rights Offenses

  • Press Release:  Two Individuals Convicted of Conspiracy and Fraud in Cattle Ponzi Scheme

  • Press Release:  West Virginia Man Indicted for Acquiring Illegally Transported Plants

  • Press Release:  President and Treasurer of Super PAC Sentenced for Dark Money Scheme

  • Press Release:  Partner in Key West Labor Staffing Companies Sentenced for Tax, Immigration, and Money Laundering Crimes

  • Press Release:  Illinois Doctor Indicted for Tax Crimes

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

  • Press Release:  AMO & Partners Seize Over 77 tons of Narcotics to Date in FY22 (Washington, D.C.)

  • Press Release:  Border Patrol Agents Seize $4.3 Million in Fentanyl Along I-8 (Arizona)

  • Press Release:  Migrant Rescues and Smuggling Disruptions Continue in the RGV (Texas)

  • Press Release:  CBP Officers Stop Bologna and Tramadol Smuggling Attempt (New Mexico)

  • Press Release:  Armed Felon Arrested, Missing Juvenile Found by Border Patrol (California)

  • Press Release:  Press Release:  Armed Felon Arrested, Missing Juvenile Found by Border Patrol (California)

  • Press Release:  Calexico Port of Entry Agriculture Specialist Intercepted a First-in-Nation Pest (California)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Link to daily press releases

Department of Commerce

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Awards $18.9 Million “Internet for All” Grant to Expand High-Speed Internet Access on Tribal Lands

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

  • Press Release:  FTC Publishes New Strategic Plan, Performance Plan, and Performance Report

  • Press Release:  Federal Trade Commission Authorizes Three New Compulsory Process Resolutions for Investigations

  • Press Release:  Telemarketer Fees to Access the FTC’s National Do Not Call Registry to Increase in 2023

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration invests $65M from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in clean water, roads, trails improvement

Department of Energy (DOE)

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Energy Invests $31 Million to Advance Carbon Capture and Storage for Natural Gas Power and Industrial Sectors

Department of Interior (DOI)

  • Press Release:  Interior Department Outlines Roadmap to Achieving a Diverse Workforce

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

  • Link to Orphan Wells Developments (Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio, Michigan, Louisiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Arizona) 

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Press Release:  EPA Issues Fuel Waiver for Four States Impacted by BP Refinery Shutdown

  • Link to other EPA press releases

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Administration Issues Temporary Hours of Service Exemption in Response to the Unanticipated Shutdown of the BP Whiting Refinery

  • Press Release:  Air Travel Consumer Report: Consumer Complaints Up from May, Nearly 270 Percent Above Pre-Pandemic Levels

Department of Labor

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor awards $8M to support policy development center for equal, inclusive employment of people with disabilities

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor launches online tool to improve federal contractors’ reporting, notifications, evaluations

Department of Education

  • Press Release:  Department Awards over $29 Million to 10 States for Innovative, Equitable Approaches to Improve Student Learning

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Makes Largest Investment Ever in Navigators Ahead of Open Enrollment Period

  • Press Release:  HHS Takes Action to Strengthen Access to Reproductive Health Care, Including Abortion Care

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release:  FDA Roundup | August 26, 2022

  • Press Release:  FDA Removes N95 Respirators from Medical Device Shortage List, Signaling Sufficient Supply

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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.