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US Executive Branch Update – February 3, 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.

5:30 p.m. EST – The President and The Vice President receive the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

9:30 a.m. EST – the Vice President will ceremonially swear in Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation | Eisenhower Executive Office Building

5:30 p.m. EST – the Vice President will join the President in receiving the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

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

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


Recap of Tuesday, February 2, 2021

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

The White House

  • Presidential Memorandum on Maximizing Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Fact Sheet: President Biden Announces Increased Vaccine Supply, Initial Launch of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, and Expansion of FEMA Reimbursement to States
  • Remarks by President Biden at Signing of Executive Orders Advancing His Priority to Modernize Our Immigration System
  • Executive Order on Creating a Comprehensive Regional Framework to Address the Causes of Migration, to Manage Migration Throughout North and Central America, and to Provide Safe and Orderly Processing of Asylum Seekers at the United States Border
  • Executive Order on the Establishment of Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families
  • Executive Order on Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans
  • 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
  • Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with Emma Aparici, Chief Diplomatic Advisor to the President of Spain
  • Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with Ibrahim Kalin, Spokesperson and Chief Advisor to the President of Turkey
  • Transcript: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, February 2, 2021

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Article: Nimitz Carrier Group Sails Into Indo-Pacific Command
  • Press Release: DOD Announces Zero-Based Review of Advisory Committees
  • Publication: DOD Advisory Committees — Zero-Based Review
  • Article: Austin Directs ‘Zero-Based Review’ of DOD Advisory Committees
  • Article: Deputy Secretary of Defense Nominee Emphasizes Reform, Modernization
  • Contracts for February 2, 2021

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Wednesday, February 3
  • February 2: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call With Families Of Loved Ones Held Hostage Or Wrongfully Detained Abroad
  • February 2: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Swiss President Parmelin
  • February 2: Statement | The Sentencing of Russian Opposition Figure Aleksey Navalny
  • February 2: Statement | Creating a Comprehensive Framework to Promote Safe, Orderly Migration in North and Central America
  • February 2: Advisory | 2021 P3 Impact Award Applications Are Now Open
  • February 2: Transcript | Briefing with Senior State Department Officials on the State Department’s Assessment of Recent Events in Burma
  • February 2: Transcript:  Department Press Briefing

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at an Interactive Dialogue with UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner (via VTC)

Department of the Treasury

  • Readout: Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen’s Call with Mexican Finance Minister Arturo Herrera Gutiérrez
  • Readout: Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen’s Call with IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva
  • Readout: Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen’s Call with World Bank President David Malpass
  • Statement from Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen on the Congressional Budget Office Economic Outlook Report
  • General Licenses: Issuance of Venezuela-related General License 30A

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: SEC Charges Former Executives of San Francisco Bay Area Company With Accounting Violations

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson Issues Statement on the Shootings of FBI Special Agents in Florida
  • Press Release: US Attorney Muldrow’s Statement On The Murder Of Two FBI Special Agents In The Line Of Duty

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

  • Press Release: Alejandro Mayorkas Sworn in as Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Statement from Secretary Mayorkas on Immigration Reform Executive Orders
  • Press Release: DHS Statement on Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Distribution Sites
  • Advisory: Acting Deputy Secretary Pekoske Traveling to Florida (re: Super Bowl Security Day, Feb. 3)
  • Press Release: CISA Takes the Next Step in Advancing Emergency Communications Next Generation Priority Services
  • Press Release: CBP Agriculture Specialists Ensure Valentine’s Day Flowers are Disease, Pest-Free (Washington, D.C.)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Agents Rescue Man North of Superstition Mountain (California)
  • Press Release: Yuma Agents Apprehend, Identify Sex Offender (Arizona)
  • Press Release: CBP Seizes Phony Designer Pajamas Valued at Over $138K (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers Intercept $890K in Hard Narcotics at Pharr International Bridge (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Field Operations at Hidalgo International Bridge Arrests Man Wanted on Kidnapping Charges (Texas)
  • Press Release: Concerned Citizen’s Report Prevents a Human Smuggling Attempt (Texas)
  • Press Release: Laredo Sector Border Patrol Stops a Human Smuggling Attempt (Texas)
  • Press Release: Fake Rolexes Worth $5.8 Million Seized in Cincinnati (Ohio)
  • Press Release: $2 million in Marijuana Seized at the Port of Buffalo (New York)
  • Press Release: Securing the Super Bowl: CBP Gears Up for Super Bowl LV in Tampa (Florida)
  • Press Release: CBP Seizes 181 Pounds of Cocaine inside Backpacks On Board a Cargo Vessel Arriving to San Juan (Puerto Rico)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: FEMA Awards Over $1M to Loudoun County for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution (Virginia)
  • Press Release: FEMA Region IV Urges Young Leaders to Apply for Youth Preparedness Council (Southeast)
  • Press Release: FEMA May Be Able to Help if Insurance Doesn’t Cover Some Disaster Expenses (Mississippi)
  • Press Release: Iberia Parish Disaster Recovery Center Closing (Louisiana)

Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR)

  • Press Release: Office of the United States Trade Representative on Black History Month

Department of Commerce

  • Blog: US Census Bureau Releases Key Statistics on Nation’s African American Population in Honor of Black History Month

US International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release: Large Vertical Shaft Engines from China Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC
  • Press Release: USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Electronic Devices with Wireless Connectivity, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same

US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

  • Press Release: DFC Announces New Members of Biden-Harris Administration Leadership

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release: EXIM Senior Vice President of Policy Analysis and International Relations James C. Cruse Authorized as Acting EXIM First Vice President and Vice Chairman, Term of Board Member Judith D. Pryor Extended

Environmental Protection Agency

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release: US Department of Transportation Announces Additional Biden Appointees Ready to Work on Behalf of the American People

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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