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US Executive Branch Update – February 1, 2021

This report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

*The US President (POTUS) and Vice President’s (VPOTUS) daily schedules are subject to change, as is the White House press briefing schedule.

10:00 a.m. EST – the President and the Vice President receive the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

5:00 p.m. EST – The President and the Vice President meet with Republican Senators about the American Rescue Plan | Oval Office

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

10:00 a.m. EST – the Vice President joins the President in receiving the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office.

5:00 p.m. EST – the President and Vice President will meet with Republican Senators about the American Rescue Plan

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

11:00 a.m. EST – Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and public health officials

12:30 p.m. EST – Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki | James S. Brady Press Briefing Room


Recap of Friday-Sunday, January 29-31, 2021

Note: Bold hyperlinks spotlight COVID-19 and reopening developments.

The White House

  • Statement from White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (re: Republican Senators’ COVID relief proposal)
  • Statement by White House Spokesperson Jen Psaki on Burma
  • Letter from President Joe Biden to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate (re: rescissions)
  • Statement on the 12th Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
  • Transcript: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, January 29, 2021

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Readout of Defense Secretary Austin’s Meeting With Mexican Officials
  • Readout of Defense Secretary Austin’s Call With Italian Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini
  • Readout of Deputy Defense Secretary David L. Norquist’s Visit to Arizona
  • Contracts for January 29, 2021

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Monday, February 1
  • January 31: Statement | Burmese Military Arrests of Civilian Government Leaders
  • January 30: Statement | Nauru National Day
  • January 29: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Colombian Foreign Minister Blum
  • January 29: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Linde
  • January 29: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with New Zealand Foreign Minister Mahuta
  • January 29: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with African Union Commission Chairperson Faki
  • January 29: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi
  • January 29: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar
  • January 29: Statement | Department of State Named 2020 Government Employer of the Year by CAREERS& the disABLED Magazine

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Children and Armed Conflict and Repatriation of Children from Conflict Zones (via VTC)

Department of the Treasury

  • Readout: Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen’s Call with Canadian Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: $2.25 Million Fund Available in Justice Department Settlement with Amtrak
  • Press Release: Justice Department and EPA Announce Settlement with Stericycle Inc. to Address Environmental Violations at Medical Waste Incinerator
  • Press Release: Chinese National Charged with Criminal Conspiracy to Export US Power Amplifiers to China
  • Press Release: Federal Court Restrains Tampa Pharmacy and Two Individuals from Dispensing Opioids or Other Controlled Substances
  • Press Release: Justice Department Recognizes the 10th Annual Human Trafficking Prevention Month
  • Press Release: Justice Department Seeks to Shut Down Louisiana Tax Return Preparers

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

  • Press Release: Acting Secretary Pekoske Directs TSA to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19 Through the Transportation System | January 31, 2021
  • Press Release: Acting DHS Secretary Pekoske Extends Temporary Protected Status for Syria | January 29, 2021
  • Speech: Deputy Undersecretary McCament Addresses the Atlantic Council in Virtual Forum | January 28, 2021
  • Press Release: US Border Patrol Creates New Position to Support Border Patrol Agents (Washington, D.C.)
  • Press Release: Multi-agency effort leads to capture of escapee (Arizona)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers at the World Trade Bridge Seize Narcotics Worth over $1.6 Million (Texas)
  • Press Release: Del Rio Border Patrol Agents Make Significant Arrests (Texas)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: FEMA Provides $47 Million to the State of Wisconsin for Vaccine Distribution Support
  • Press Release: FEMA Obligates $68.5 Million to Tennessee for COVID-19 Vaccination Costs
  • Press Release: FEMA Obligates $103 Million to North Carolina for COVID-19 Vaccination Costs
  • Press Release: FEMA Obligates $32 Million to Mississippi for COVID-19 Vaccination Costs
  • Press Release: FEMA Obligates $46.9 Million to Kentucky for COVID-19 Vaccination Costs
  • Press Release: FEMA Obligates $51.6 Million to Alabama for COVID-19 Vaccination Costs
  • Press Release: FEMA Obligates $104.6 Million to Georgia for COVID-19 Vaccination Costs
  • Press Release: FEMA Extends Emergency Sheltering Assistance, Eases Reporting Requirements (Washington, D.C.)
  • Press Release: FEMA Approves Funding for Four South Dakota Communities
  • Press Release: Proposed Boulder County Flood Map Reflects Changes to Local Flood Risk, Insurance Rates (Colorado)
  • Press Release: Stay in Touch With FEMA; Be Sure Your Contact Information is Current (Alabama)
  • Press Release: FEMA Leadership Discusses Recovery Goals During Visit to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: US Department of Labor issues stronger workplace guidance on coronavirus
  • Press Release: US Department of Labor ends program that allowed employers to self-report federal minimum wage and overtime violations
  • Press Release: US Department of Labor accepting 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion Award applications

Department of Education

  • Press Release: Education Department Letter Highlights Effort to Help Americans Pursue Higher Ed During Pandemic

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: HHS Announces Marketplace Special Enrollment Period for COVID-19 Public Health Emergency | January 28, 2021
  • Press Release: HHS Amends PREP Act Declaration to Increase Workforce Authorized to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines | January 28, 2021

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

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