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US Executive Branch Update – February 24, 2021

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

POTUS’ Schedule*

9:50 a.m. EST – The President receives the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

2:00 p.m. EST – The President and The Vice President meet with a bipartisan group of House and Senate members on U.S. supply chains | Oval Office

4:15 p.m. EST – The President signs an executive order on the economy; The Vice President also attends | State Dining Room

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

12:35 p.m. EST – the Vice President will ceremonially swear in Linda Thomas-Greenfield as United States Ambassador to the United Nations in the Ceremonial Office

2:00 p.m. EST – the President and the Vice President will meet with a bipartisan group of House and Senate members on U.S. supply chains in the Oval Office

4:15 p.m. EST – the Vice President will join the President when sign an Executive Order on the economy in the State Dining Room

6:15 p.m. EST – the Vice President will ceremonially swear in Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture virtually in South Court Auditorium

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

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

12:30 p.m. EST – Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council Sameera Fazili, and Senior Director for International Economics and Competitiveness Peter Harrell | James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

*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 Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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

The White House

  • Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership

  • Remarks by President Biden and Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada in Joint Press Statements

  • Remarks by President Biden and Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada Before Virtual Bilateral Meeting

  • Remarks by President Biden in Roundtable with Black Essential Workers Moderated by Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice

  • Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi of Iraq

  • Transcript: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, February 23, 2021

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Phone Call With Thailand Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Prayut Chan-o-cha

  • Advisory: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Travels to Northcom, Vaccination Centers, USS Nimitz (Feb. 24)

  • Transcript: Pentagon Press Secretary Holds an Off-Camera Press Briefing

  • Article: Iraqi Government Examines In-Country Missile Attacks on U.S. Bases

  • Article: DOD ‘Problem Solvers’ Imagine Tomorrow During Engineers Week

  • Article: Engineers With Both Government, Private Sector Experience Make Most Impact

  • Article: ‘We Have Your Back:’ Engineers Key to Defense Space Efforts

  • Article: Quantum Science to Deliver Cutting-Edge Technology to Warfighters, Official Says

  • Article: Cyber Workforce Vital to Protecting National Security

  • Article: Defense Department Has Multiple Priorities in COVID-19 Battle

  • Publication: COVID-19 Industrial Base Support Infographic

  • Contracts for February 23, 2021

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Wednesday, February 24

  • February 23: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Cabo Verdean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense Figueiredo

  • February 23: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Polish Foreign Minister Rau

  • February 23: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Egyptian Foreign Minister Shoukry

  • February 23: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Momen

  • February 23: Statement | Supporting a Healthy, Sustainable Mekong River

  • February 23: Statement | U.S. Participation in the Spring 2021 Ad Hoc Liaison Committee Meeting on the Palestinian Economy

  • February 23: Statement | Arrest of Opposition Members in Georgia

  • February 23: Statement | G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Burma

  • February 23: Statement | Honoring Anticorruption Champions

  • February 23: Statement | On the Confirmation of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield

  • February 23: Transcript | Department Press Briefing – February 23, 2021

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at a UN General Assembly Debate on Ukraine

  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Climate and Security (via VTC)

Department of the Treasury

  • Readout: Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen’s Call with Bank of Italy Governor Ignazio Visco

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: SEC Charges Two Former KPMG Auditors for Improper Professional Conduct During Audit of Not-for-Profit College

  • Press Release: SEC Awards More Than $9.2 Million to Whistleblower for Successful Related Actions, Including Agreement With DOJ

Department of Justice

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

  • Press Release: Serbian Founder of Digital-Asset Companies Indicted in International Cryptocurrency Scheme

  • Press Release: Man Pleads Guilty to Directing COVID-Relief Fraud Scheme

  • Press Release: One of the Nation’s Largest Chicken Producers Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing and is Sentenced to a $107 Million Criminal Fine

  • Press Release: Department of Justice Issues Statement Regarding Federal Civil Rights Review Into March 2020 Police Encounter with Daniel Prude

  • Press Release: Justice Department Sues to Shut Down Florida Tax Return Preparers

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

  • Press Release: DHS Statement on Processing Current Residents of the Matamoros Camp (Mexico) Into the U.S.

  • Readout of Secretary Mayorkas’ Call with EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson

  • Press Release: Secretary Mayorkas to Deliver Remarks at Final Round of Second Annual President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition Hosted by CISA

  • Press Release: Calexico Border Patrol Agent Receives Agency’s Highest Honor (California)

  • Press Release: 14 Undocumented Migrants Apprehended During Brazen Smuggling Event (California)

  • Press Release: CBP Officer Intercept Cocaine Worth over $1 Million at the Starr-Camargo International Bridge (Texas)

  • Press Release: Laredo Sector Border Patrol Foils Drug Smuggling Attempts (Texas)

  • Press Release: CBP Field Operations at Pharr International Bridge Discover More Than Produce and Seize $11.5 Million in Methamphetamine (Texas)

  • Press Release: $22 Million in Designer Watches Intercepted by CBP Officers in Louisville (Kentucky)

  • Press Release: CBP at Miami International Mail Facility Seize 24 Pounds of DMT (Florida)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: FEMA Responds to Severe Winter Weather

  • Press Release: Texas Winter Storm Survivors in 31 Additional Counties Can Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance

  • Press Release: FEMA Provides $3 Million to the Minnesota Department of Health for Vaccine Distribution Costs

  • Press Release: Determination Letters Can Help You Find Disaster Assistance Answers

  • Press Release: Federal Assistance for California Wildfires Tops $103M

  • Press Release: Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps in Greene County, Arkansas

US International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release: Corrosion Inhibitors from China Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release: Education Department Amplifies USDA Expansion of SNAP Benefits to Help Students Pursuing Postsecondary Education During Pandemic

Environmental Protection Agency

  • Press Release: EPA Region 7 Deploys Certified Drinking Water Analysts with Mobile Lab to Work with Texas as They Restore Drinking Water Systems

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: OSHA, Consulate General of Ecuador establish alliance to train Chicago-area Ecuadorian workers, protect them from job hazards

  • Press Release: US Labor Department seeking Tempe plastering contractor’s current, former workers who may be owed back wages for work since 2015 (Arizona)

  • Press Release: OSHA cites Missouri auto parts manufacturer for failing to implement, enforce coronavirus protections as exposure leads to press operator’s death

Department of Education

  • Press Release: Education Department Amplifies USDA Expansion of SNAP Benefits to Help Students Pursuing Postsecondary Education During Pandemic

  • Press Release: US Department of Education Releases Guidance to States on Assessing Student Learning During the Pandemic

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | February 23, 2021

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

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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.