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US Executive Branch Update – January 17, 2023

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

Note:  The Federal Government was closed on Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday.

POTUS’ Schedule*

9:00 a.m. EST – The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing | The White House

11:15 a.m. EST – The President holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands | Oval Office

12:45 p.m. EST – The President has lunch with The Vice President | Private Dining Room

2:45 p.m. EST – The President welcomes the Golden State Warriors to the White House to celebrate their 2022 NBA championship; The President and The Vice President deliver remarks, The Second Gentleman attends | East Room

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

12:45 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT will join the President for lunch | Private Dining Room

2:45 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT and THE Second Gentleman will join THE President in welcoming the Golden State Warriors to the White House to celebrate their 2022 NBA Championship | East Room

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

1:45 p.m. EST – Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre | James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

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

Recap of Friday-Monday, January 13-16, 2023

Note: All colored text denotes hyperlinks.

The White House

January 16

  • Remarks by President Biden Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Disaster Declaration:  President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Georgia Disaster Declaration

January 15

January 13

  • Joint Statement of the United States and Japan

  • Remarks by President Biden and Prime Minister Kishida of Japan Before Bilateral Meeting

  • Readout of Vice President Harris’ Meeting with Prime Minister Kishida of Japan

  • Remarks by Vice President Harris and Prime Minister Kishida of Japan Before Bilateral Meeting

  • Statement from President Joe Biden on New Justice Department Action to Keep Dangerous Firearms Out of Dangerous Hands

  • Transcript:  Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and Senior Advisor for Public Engagement Keisha Lance Bottoms

  • Statement by White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on the State of the Union (Feb. 7)

  • Appointments:  President Biden Announces Key Appointments to Boards and Commissions

  • Proclamation on Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2023

Department of Defense (DOD)

January 16

  • Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

  • Readout of Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Colin Kahl’s Travel to Ukraine

  • Article:  Medal of Honor Monday | Army Pfc. Garfield Langhorn

January 13

  • Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Call with Italian Minister of Defense Guido Crosetto

  • Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Call with Pakistan Chief of Army Staff Gen. Asim Munir

  • Fact Sheet:  Ukraine Contracting Fact Sheet – Jan. 13

  • Article:  Gas and Go

  • Contracts for January 13, 2023

Department of State

Daily Schedule | Tuesday, January 17, 2023


  • January 16:  Statement | Abductions in Northern Burkina Faso

  • January 13:  Advisory | Special Envoy for Global Food Security Fowler’s Travel to Zambia, Malawi, and the United Kingdom

Europe, Ukraine

  • January 16:  Readout | Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Travel to Ukraine

  • January 13:  Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

  • January 14:  Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Swiss Foreign Minister Cassis


  • January 13:  Readout | U.S.-Japan Economic Policy Consultative Committee Vice-Ministerial Meeting

  • January 13:  Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel at the Signing of a U.S.-Japan Space Cooperation Framework Agreement

  • January 13:  Statement | The United States and Japan Sign Framework Agreement on Space Cooperation

  • January 13:  Advisory | Under Secretary Jenkins Travel to Hawaii

Other Matters

  • January 16:  Statement | Honoring and Promoting Respect for Freedom of Religion or Belief Globally

  • January 16:  Advisory | Special Representative for City and State Diplomacy Ambassador Hachigian to Participate in the United States Conference of Mayors’ 91st Winter Meeting

  • January 13:  Transcript | Department Press Briefing

U.S. Mission to the United Nations (UN)

January 16

  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Yemen

  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a “Day of Reconciliation and Service” Event at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

January 13

  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Russia’s War Against Ukraine

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

  • Press Release:  2022 Annual Report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena

Department of the Treasury

  • Statement from Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Tax Policy Lily Batchelder on the Appointment of Manal Corwin to lead OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration

  • Press Release:  Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership on the Debt Limit

  • Statement:  FRWG December 2022 – Joint Statement

  • Advisory:  Detailed Press Guidance for Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen’s Travel to Africa (Jan. 17-28)

  • Guidance:  Implementation of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release:  SEC Announces Departure of Renee Jones; Erik Gerding Named Director of Division of Corporation Finance

  • Press Release:  SEC Awards More Than $5 Million to Whistleblower

Department of Justice

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases

  • Press Release:  Justice Department Announces New Rule to Address Stabilizing Braces, Accessories Used to Convert Pistols into Short-Barreled Rifles

  • Press Release:  Florida Woman Sentenced to Prison for False Statement to Investigator Related to Pediatric Asthma Drug Study

  • Press Release:  Justice Department Secures Resolution in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania

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

  • Press Release:  DHS Announces Process Enhancements for Supporting Labor Enforcement Investigations

  • Press Release:  DHS Scheduling System for Safe, Orderly and Humane Border Processing Goes Live on CBP OneTM App

  • Press Release:  CISA Releases 2022 Year in Review

  • Press Release:  Laredo Sector Border Patrol disrupts a human smuggling operation at a stash house find illegal contraband (Texas)

  • Press Release:  CBP Officers Prevent Alleged Child Smuggling Attempt at the Camino Real International Bridge (Texas)

  • Press Release:  San Diego Border Patrol Firearms Seizures Rise (California)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Link to daily press releases

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR)

  • Statement by Ambassador Katherine Tai on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

  • Press Release:  Week Ahead Guidance for the Week of January 16-21, 2023

  • Advisory:  Ambassador Tai to Travel to Belgium and Switzerland (Jan. 17-21)

Department of Commerce

  • Press Release:  Secretary Raimondo Appoints Members of U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board

U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release:  USITC Makes Determinations in Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews Concerning Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bar from Japan, Taiwan, and Turkey

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

  • Press Release:  FTC Suit Requires Investment Advice Company WealthPress to Pay $1.7 Million for Deceiving Consumers

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

  • Press Release:  Chairwoman Thanks Telecommunications Workforce Interagency Group

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

  • Press Release:  At Indo-Pacific Business Forum DFC Announces Active Commitments Across Region Have Reached $6.6 Billion

  • Press Release:  DFC (US), JBIC (Japan) and DFAT/EFA (Australia) Affirm Commitment to Cooperate on Climate Finance in Vietnam

U.S. Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Statement from the Export-Import Bank of the United States President and Chair Reta Jo Lewis on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

  • Press Release:  FERC Staff Issues the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Three Rivers Interconnection Project (CP21-113)

Department of Interior (DOI)

  • Press Release:  Assistant Secretary Trujillo Highlights Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Drought Resilience Investments in Colorado

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Press Release:  EPA Announces Appointments to Local Government Advisory Committee

  • Link to other EPA press releases

Department of Labor

  • Statement by Secretary Walsh on the Telecommunications Workforce Interagency Group’s release of its report to Congress

  • Advisory:  Secretary of Labor Walsh to speak at 2023 World Economic Forum, highlight empowering workers, responding to current labor dynamics

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release:  New HHS Report Shows Gains in Health Coverage Under Biden-Harris Administration from 2019 to 2021

  • Press Release:  HHS Announces Key Dates for the First Year of the Inflation Reduction Act’s Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Program

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Proposes Restoring Protections for Beneficiaries of Federally Funded Social Services

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

  • Press Release:  HUD Announces $568 Million Available to Address Lead-based Paint and Additional Housing-related Hazards

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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.