US Executive Branch Update – January 20, 2023
Friday, January 20, 2023

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

POTUS’ Schedule*

12:20 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT arrives at the White House (from his trip to California)

9:00 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

2:00 p.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT welcomes bipartisan mayors attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting to the White House and delivers remarks celebrating the achievements of the past 18 months | East Room

5:25 p.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

6:20 p.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT arrives in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

1:00 p.m. PST – THE VICE PRESIDENT will visit Tujunga Spreading Grounds in Los Angeles County for a briefing and tour; THE VICE PRESIDENT will highlight ongoing efforts to increase drought and flood resilience in partnership with California

Looking Ahead: On Sunday, January 22, the Vice President will travel to Tallahassee, Florida, to deliver remarks for the 50th commemoration of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

1:00 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 Thursday, January 19, 2023

Note: All colored text denotes hyperlinks.

The White House

  • Remarks by President Biden on California Storms Disaster Recovery | California

  • Transcript:  Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Olivia Dalton and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell En Route Santa Clara County, California

  • Statement from President Joseph R. Biden on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s New Proposed Rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

  • Memorandum on Delegation of Authority Under Section 506(a)(1) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961

  • Remarks by Vice President Harris at a Transmission Line Groundbreaking Event | Arizona

  • Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Travel to Israel and the West Bank

  • Joint Statement by the National Security Advisors of the United States of America, Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Meeting with German Federal Minister of Defence Boris Pistorius

  • Remarks by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius

  • Press Release:  Biden Administration Announces Additional Security Assistance for Ukraine

  • Fact Sheet:  Ukraine Fact Sheet – Jan. 19

  • Article:  Austin to Convene Meeting on Ukraine Defense

  • Article:  Austin Meets New German Defense Minister Ahead of Contact Group Gathering

  • Contracts for January 19, 2023

Department of State

Daily Schedule | Friday, January 20, 2023

Europe, Ukraine

  • January 19:  Statement | Significant New U.S. Military Assistance to Ukraine

  • January 19:  Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with EU High Representative Borrell

  • January 19:  Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Finnish Foreign Minister Haavisto

  • January 19:  Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Swedish Foreign Minister Billström

Western Hemisphere

  • January 19:  Statement | United States and Cuba Resume Law Enforcement Dialogue

  • January 19:  Readout | Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with Brazilian Secretary General Ambassador da Rocha

Asia-Pacific

  • January 19:  Readout | U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Cindy Dyer’s Travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan

  • January 19:  Advisory | Senior Official for Global Women’s Issues Kat Fotovat Travels to Bangladesh

Africa

  • January 19:  Readout | Ambassador Hussain’s Travel to Mauritania

Domestic Matters

  • January 19:  Statement | Launch of the Welcome Corps – Private Sponsorship of Refugees

  • January 19:  Fact Sheet | Launch of the Welcome Corps – Private Sponsorship of Refugees

  • January 19:  Transcript | Senior State Department Officials on the Launch of the Welcome Corps, a Private Sponsorship Program to Welcome Refugees to the United States

  • January 19:  Statement | U.S. Department of State Encourages U.S. Undergraduate Students to Apply for the Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship to Study Abroad

  • January 19:  Statement | National Human Trafficking Prevention Month 2023

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Readout:  Administrator Samantha Power Concludes Participation in the World Economic Forum

  • Press Release:  USAID and Bayer Partner to Supply Seeds to Ukrainian Farmers in Advance of the Planting Season

  • Press Release:  USAID Commits $8.8 Million For Research to Advance Diverse, Locally Led Development

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

  • Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi of Indonesia

  • Fact Sheet:  U.S. Successful Negotiations in the UN General Assembly Fifth Committee 

Department of the Treasury

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

  • Sanctions List Update:  Counter Terrorism Designation Removal

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release:  Nexo Agrees to Pay $45 Million in Penalties and Cease Unregistered Offering of Crypto Asset Lending Product

  • Press Release:  SEC Awards Approximately $18 Million to Three Whistleblowers

Department of Justice

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases

  • Press Release:  Former Contractor Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Defraud the United States

  • Press Release:  Businesswoman Sentenced for Facilitating Unregistered Lobbying Campaign in Exchange for Approximately $3 Million

  • Press Release:  Former Elementary School Teacher Convicted of Sexually Abusing Children

  • Press Release:  Wisconsin Man Indicted for Forced Labor

  • Press Release:  Three Men Sentenced for Roles in Bribery Conspiracy

  • Press Release:  New York Man Sentenced in Fraudulent Prize Notice Mail Fraud Scheme

  • Press Release:  Ship Owner and Operator Sentenced for Environmental Crimes

  • Press Release:  Justice Department Secures Agreement with Minnesota Staffing Agency to Resolve Immigration-Related Discrimination Claims

  • Press Release:  Arkansas Owner of Garage Door Business Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

  • Press Release:  Justice Department Resolves Language Access Matter Concerning Louisiana Supreme Court

  • Press Release:  Justice Department Announces Colonel Hugh T. Clements Jr. as Director of Office of Community Oriented Policing Services

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

  • Press Release:  Border Patrol Launches Support Canine Program (Washington, D.C.)

  • Press Release:  AMO P-3 crews, partners seize 20 tons of narcotics (Washington, D.C.)

  • Press Release:  CBP Officers Seize Over $170K in Fentanyl at Eagle Pass Port of Entry (Texas)

  • Press Release:  Laredo Sector Border Patrol closes stash house (Texas)

  • Press Release:  Laredo Sector Border Patrol halted a human smuggling attempt (Texas)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Link to daily press releases

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

  • Readout of Ambassador Tai’s Meeting with United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Trade Kemi Badenoch | January 18, 2023

Department of Commerce/National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA)

  • Press Release:  The U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Two Stakeholder Listening Sessions for the IPEF Special Negotiating Round (Indo-Pacific Economic Framework)

  • Fact Sheet:  Biden-⁠Harris Administration Releases National Strategy to Put Nature on the Nation’s Balance Sheet

  • Press Release:  NTIA Launches Inquiry on how Data Practices Affect Civil Rights | January 18, 2023

  • Press Release:  Privacy, Equity, and Civil Rights Request for Comment (Federal Register Notice)

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

  • Press Release:  Wireless Customers Who Were Subject to Data Throttling by AT&T Can Apply for a Payment from the FTC

  • Press Release:  FTC Order Requires LasikPlus to Pay for its Bait-and-Switch Eye Surgery Ads

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

  • Press Release:  FCC Announces Over $40 Million In Emergency Connectivity Funding

  • Press Release:  FCC to Hold Open Commission Meeting Thursday, January 26, 2023

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

  • Press Release:  CFPB Issues Guidance to Root Out Tactics Which Charge People Fees for Subscriptions They Don’t Want

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release:  Members of the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Announced

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Launches New Efforts to Address the Wildfire Crisis (Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington)

Department of Energy (DOE)

  • Press Release:  DOE Launches $10 Million Prize to Accelerate Community Solar in Underrepresented Communities

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Press Release:  EPA Proposes to Add Environmental Justice, Climate Change, and PFAS to National Enforcement and Compliance Initiatives for FY 2024-2027

  • Press Release:  EPA Seeks Input on Inflation Reduction Act Programs to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated with Construction Materials and Products

  • Press Release:  EPA Announces Availability of $50 Million to Support States and Tribes Developing Programs for Carbon Sequestration and Groundwater Protection

  • Link to other EPA press releases

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release:  MARAD Announces Nearly $20 Million in Funding Available for Small Shipyard Grants

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

  • Press Release:  FAA NOTAM Statement (re: last week’s outage)

Department of Labor

  • Press Release:  Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

  • Press Release:  Federal court orders Minneapolis healthcare provider to pay $1.6M in back wages, damages to 136 employees, after U.S. Department of Labor investigation

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor launches Miner Safety and Health app for Spanish-speaking miners to expand access to useful information

Department of Education

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Education Awards Over $35 Million for Grants to Support Cradle-to-Career Solutions in High-Needs Communities

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Statement from HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on the Swearing-In of Rebecca Jones Gaston as Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families

  • Press Release:  Members of the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Announced

  • Press Release:  HHS Releases Report Detailing Biden-Harris Administration Efforts to Protect Reproductive Health Care Since Dobbs

Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

  • Press Release:  HUD Announces New Proposed “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” Rule, Taking a Major Step Towards Rooting Out Longstanding Inequities in Housing and Fostering Inclusive Communities

 

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