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US Executive Branch Update – February 22, 2021

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

POTUS’ Schedule*

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

12:05 p.m. EST – The President makes an announcement related to small businesses | South Court Auditorium

6:00 p.m. EST – The President delivers remarks on the lives lost to COVID-19 | The White House

6:15 p.m. EST – The President, The First Lady, The Vice President, and THE SECOND GENTLEMAN hold a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony | South Portico

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

6:00 p.m. EST – The Vice President will join the President when he delivers remarks on the lives lost to COVID-19 in the Cross Hall

6:15 p.m. EST – The President, The First Lady, The Vice President, and THE SECOND GENTLEMAN hold a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at sundown in the South Portico

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

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

3:00 p.m. EST – Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and public health officials | The White House

*The US 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, February 19-21, 2021

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

The White House

  • Statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the Bilateral Virtual Meeting between President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Feb. 23, 2021)
  • Disaster Declaration: President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Texas Disaster Declaration
  • Remarks by President Biden at the 2021 Virtual Munich Security Conference | February 19, 2021
  • Remarks by President Biden at Pfizer Manufacturing Site | February 19, 2021
  • Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Acting FEMA Administrator Bob Fenton | February 19, 2021
  • Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the Introduction of the Equality Act in Congress | February 19, 2021
  • Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the Day of Remembrance of Japanese American Internment | February 19, 2021
  • Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with Jean-Charles Ellermann-Kingombe, Permanent Under-Secretary of State at the Danish Prime Minister’s Office | February 19, 2021
  • Transcript: Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Jen Psaki Aboard Air Force One En Route Kalamazoo, MI | February 19, 2021
  • Transcript: Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials | February 19, 2021
  • Nominations: President Biden Announces Key Nominees of his Health and Human Service, Education, and Veteran Affairs Teams | February 19, 2021

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Call With Ukrainian Minister of Defense Andrii Taran
  • Transcript: Secretary of Defense Briefs Reporters on NATO Defense Ministerial and Ongoing Department of Defense Issues
  • Article: Austin Says Afghanistan, Iraq, China Among Topics at NATO Meeting
  • Article: President Biden Tells World: ‘America Is Back’ (re: Munich Security Conference)
  • Press Release: A Message From the Secretary of Defense on Extremism
  • Article: DOD Taking Steps to Prevent Sexual Assault, Extremism
  • Contracts for February 19, 2021

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Monday, February 22
  • February 20: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation Chair Dr. Abdullah
  • February 19: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Honduran Foreign Minister Rosales
  • February 19: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hill Tinoco
  • February 19: Statement | The United States Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement
  • February 19: Transcript | Department Press Briefing – February 19, 2021

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Press Release: USAID to Provide Initial $2 Billion to Propel Global Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

  • Press Release: IARPA Program Driving New Capabilities to Capture Clearer Images of Satellites Orbiting (Very) High Above Earth

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: SEC Awards Almost $3 Million Total in Separate Whistleblower Awards

Department of Justice

February 20, 2021

  • Press Release: WWII Nazi Concentration Camp Guard Removed to Germany

February 19, 2021

  • Press Release: Federal Charges Against Stanford University Researcher Expanded (re: China)
  • Press Release: Man Charged with COVID-Relief Fraud
  • Press Release: Hospice Administrator Sentenced for Role in Hospice Fraud Scheme
  • Press Release: Federal Contractor Agrees to Pay More Than $6 Million to Settle Overbilling Allegations
  • Press Release: Dietary Supplement Executive Sentenced in Scheme to Fraudulently Sell Popular Dietary Supplements
  • Press Release: Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against Tampa-Area Physician, Pharmacy, and Clinic Owners for Controlled Substances Act Violations
  • Press Release: Long Island Car Wash Owner Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

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

  • Readout of Secretary Mayorkas’ Call with Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Blair
  • DHS Statement on First Step in Process to Address Individuals in Mexico with Active Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) Cases
  • Press Release: Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic, Meat Contraband from China Hit Record Levels (California)
  • Press Release: BORSTAR Agents Perform Rescue (California)
  • Press Release: USBP Agents Rescue Abandoned Migrants (California)
  • Press Release: CBP Field Operations at Hidalgo International Bridge Arrests Man Wanted on Child Indecency Charges (Texas)
  • Press Release: Port Huron CBP Officers Brave Blizzard Conditions to Aid Motorists in Vehicle Fire (Michigan)
  • Press Release: That’s Not Frosted Flakes: Cincinnati CBP Snares 44 Pounds of Cocaine-Soaked Cereal (Ohio)
  • Press Release: CBP in Miami Seizes Cocaine in Sandals and Smuggled Internally (Florida)
  • Press Release: TSA seeks to hire over 6,000 airport security screening officers
  • Press Release: TSA Leadership at Miami International Airport Demonstrates Latest Technology at MIA for Members of Congress

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: FEMA Responds to Severe Winter Weather in the Southeast | February 20, 2021
  • Press Release: Texas Survivors Affected by Winter Weather Can Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance (Texas)
  • Press Release: President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Texas
  • Press Release: FEMA Responds to Severe Winter Weather in the Southeast | February 19, 2021
  • Press Release: President Joseph R. Biden Approves Emergency Declaration for Oklahoma
  • Press Release: President Joseph R. Biden Approves Emergency Declaration for Louisiana
  • Press Release: FEMA Opening COVID-19 Vaccination Center in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania)
  • Press Release: Proposed Weld County Flood Map Reflects Changes to Local Flood Risk, Insurance Rates (Colorado)

Department of Commerce

  • Blog: Spotlight on Commerce | LaRita Jones, Division Chief, Office of Human Resources, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Blog: Spotlight on Commerce | Cheryl Jackson, Program Analyst, Atlanta Regional Office, U.S. Economic Development Administration

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Statement on Change to Definition of ‘Agricultural Products’ in Reporting Trade Data
  • Press Release: US Department of Agriculture Announces Key Leadership in Farm Production and Conservation Mission Area

Department of Interior

  • Press Release: Interior Department Applauds UNESCO Designation of Fort Monroe as Slave Route Site of Memory

Environmental Protection Agency

  • Press Release: EPA Approves Emergency Fuel Waiver for Texas
  • Press Release: EPA Seeks Small Businesses Input on Risk Management Rulemaking for PV29
  • Press Release: The Environmental Protection Agency extends nominations deadline for the 2021 President’s Environmental Student and Teacher Awards

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: US Department of Labor announces OSHA will investigate complaints of whistleblower retaliation under new antitrust, money laundering laws

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | February 19, 2021
  • Press Release: FDA Warns 10 Companies for Illegally Selling Dietary Supplements Claiming to Treat Depression and Other Mental Health Disorders

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

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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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