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US Executive Branch Update – February 2, 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.

9:45 a.m. EST – The President and The Vice President receive the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

5:00 p.m. EST – The President signs executive orders advancing his priority to modernize our immigration system; The Vice President also attends | Oval Office

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

9:45 a.m. EST – the Vice President joins the President in receiving the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

5:00 p.m. EST – the Vice President joins the President when he signs executive orders advancing his priority to modernize our immigration system | Oval Office

5:30 p.m. EST – the Vice President will ceremonially swear in Alejandro Mayorkas as Secretary of Homeland Security

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

1:30 p.m. EST – Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki


Recap of Monday, February 1, 2021

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

The White House

  • Fact Sheet: President Biden Outlines Steps to Reform Our Immigration System by Keeping Families Together, Addressing the Root Causes of Irregular Migration, and Streamlining the Legal Immigration System | February 2, 2021

  • Presidential Proclamation on Adjusting Imports of Aluminum Into the United States (re: UAE)

  • Statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ Meeting with Republican Senators

  • Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the Situation in Burma

  • Statement by President Joe Biden on Black History Month

  • Transcript: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, February 1, 2021

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Press Release: DOD Announces Rare Earth Element Award to Strengthen Domestic Industrial Base

  • Press Release: DOD Announces $1.1 Million Defense Production Act Title III Agreement With American Apparel, Inc. to Strengthen the Domestic Clothing and Textile Industrial Base

  • Press Release: DOD Awards $231.8 Million Contract to Ellume USA LLC to Increase Domestic Production Capacity and Deliver COVID-19 Home Tests

  • Contracts for February 1, 2021

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Tuesday, February 2

  • February 1: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba

  • February 1: Statement | Attacks on Civilians in Syria

  • February 1: Interview | Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC Andrea Mitchell Reports

  • February 1: Statement | National Freedom Day: Deepening Our Resolve to Fight Human Trafficking

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Statement on Agenda Item 5: UNDP Country Programs and Related Matters (via VTC)

Department of the Treasury

  • Readout: Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen’s Call with Italian Minister of Economy and Finance Roberto Gualtieri

  • Readout: Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen’s Call with Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso of Japan

  • Economy Statement for the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

  • Press Release: Treasury Announces Marketable Borrowing Estimates

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: SEC Charges Three Individuals in Digital Asset Frauds

  • Press Release: Acting Chair Allison Herren Lee Announces Executive Staff

  • Press Release: Satyam Khanna Named Senior Policy Advisor for Climate and ESG

  • Press Release: John Coates Named Acting Director of the Division of Corporation Finance

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases

  • Press Release: US-Based Promoter of Foreign Cryptocurrency Companies Charged in over $11 Million Securities Fraud Scheme

  • Press Release: Former Natural Gas Trader Pleads Guilty for Role in Commodities Insider Trading Scheme

  • Press Release: Hospital Researcher Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring to Steal Trade Secrets, Sell Them in China

  • Press Release: Man Pleads Guilty to Violating Endangered Species Act

  • Press Release: Former Colorado Police Officer Sentenced on Sexual Assault Charges

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

  • Press Release: DHS Statement on Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Distribution Sites

  • Press Release: Air and Marine Operations and Partners Seize A Quarter Ton of Cocaine, Disrupt Smuggling Attempt (Washington, D.C.)

  • Press Release: CBP Officers Seize 400 Lbs. of Meth in Two Smuggling Attempts at Calexico Port (California)

  • Press Release: USBP Arrests Sexual Predator (California)

  • Press Release: Smugglers Employ Dangerous Tactics (Texas)

  • Press Release: Brownsville CBP Officers Seize $211K Worth of Cocaine at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge (Texas)

  • Press Release: Del Rio Border Patrol Agents Arrest Convicted Sex Offender (Texas)

  • Press Release: Two Packages, $136K of Counterfeit Currency CBP Officers in Chicago Seize Shipments Containing Funny Money (Illinois)

  • Press Release: Dulles CBP Arrests Nebraska man wanted for Nebraska charges of Sexual Assault of a Child (Virginia)

  • Press Release: CBP in Puerto Rico Seizes Packages with Counterfeit Electronics and Jewelry (Puerto Rico)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution: COVID-19 Response Update (Washington, D.C.)

  • Press Release: FEMA Obligates $245 Million to Florida for COVID-19 Vaccination Costs (Florida)

  • Press Release: Maryland Moves Forward on COVID-19 Vaccination with Federal Partners

  • Press Release: FEMA Provides An Additional $1.2 Million For Montana COVID-19 Response

  • Press Release: FEMA Obligates $2.6 Million to South Carolina for COVID-19 Vaccination Costs

  • Press Release: Lane County | FEMA Seeks Owners with Multi-Family Rental Housing (Oregon)

  • Press Release: FEMA Approves Funding For Newell Lake Dam Repair (South Dakota)

  • Press Release: One Month Remains to Apply for FEMA Assistance in Mississippi

  • Press Release: Flood Insurance Helps Homeowners, Renters and Businesses (Louisiana)

  • Press Release: Act Now to Reduce Future Risk Through Mitigation (Louisiana)

  • Press Release: Only a Week Left to Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance (Alabama)

US International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release: USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Batteries and Products Containing the Same

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release: Biden Administration Halts Residential Evictions in USDA Multifamily Housing Communities in Accordance with CDC Guidance

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: Google LLC, US Department of Labor settlement resolves alleged pay, hiring discrimination at California, Washington State locations

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
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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