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US Executive Branch Update – January 21, 2021

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

POTUS & VPOTUS’ Schedule*

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

10:00 a.m. EST – The President, The First Lady, The Vice President, and THE SECOND GENTLEMAN watch the Virtual Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service | Blue Room

12:45 p.m. EST – The President and The Vice President receive the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

2:00 p.m. EST – The President delivers remarks on his administration’s COVID-19 response, and signs executive orders and other presidential actions; The Vice President also attends | State Dining Room

2:25 p.m. EST – The President and The Vice President receive a briefing from members of their COVID-19 team

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

4:00 p.m. EST – Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki


Recap of Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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

The White House

  • Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

  • Proclamation: A National Day of Unity

  • Statement: Paris Climate Agreement

  • Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis

  • Letter to His Excellency António Guterres (World Health Organization)

  • Executive Order on Organizing and Mobilizing the United States Government to Provide a Unified and Effective Response to Combat COVID-19 and to Provide United States Leadership on Global Health and Security

  • Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing

  • Press Release: Pausing Federal Student Loan Payments

  • Executive Order on the Revision of Civil Immigration Enforcement Policies and Priorities

  • Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States

  • Presidential Memorandum Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

  • Presidential Memorandum on Reinstating Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians

  • Presidential Proclamation on the Termination of Emergency with Respect to the Southern Border of the United States and Redirection of Funds Diverted to Border Wall Construction

  • Executive Order on Revocation of Certain Executive Orders Concerning Federal Regulation

  • Presidential Memorandum on Modernizing Regulatory Review

  • Chief of Staff Memorandum: Regulatory Freeze Pending Review

  • Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

  • Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government

  • Executive Order on Ensuring a Lawful and Accurate Enumeration and Apportionment Pursuant to the Decennial Census

  • Executive Order on Ethic Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel

  • Press Release: President Joe Biden Announces Acting Federal Agency Leadership

  • Remarks by Vice President Kamala Harris at the Celebration of America

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Article: Biden, Harris Sworn In as America’s New Leaders

  • Press Release: New Officials Sworn-in at the Defense Department

  • Statement from Acting Secretary of Defense David L. Norquist on Inauguration Day

  • Press Release: DOD Announces New Acting Secretary of Defense, Service Secretaries

  • Publication: Succession Plan for Jan. 20, 2021

  • Article: DOD Succession Plan Remains in Effect Until Senate Confirms Biden Nominees

  • Publication: Miller Farewell Message

  • Contracts for January 20, 2021

Department of State

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Syria (via VTC)

Department of the Treasury

  • Press Release: Treasury Announces the Appointment of Members of Senior Staff

Department of Justice

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

  • Press Release: Dow Chemical Company and Two Subsidiaries will Reduce Harmful Air Pollution at Four U.S. Chemical Plants

  • Press Release: Connecticut Man Charged with Assaulting an Officer During U.S. Capitol Breach

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

  • DHS Statement on the Suspension of New Enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols Program

  • Press Release: Seasoned canine handlers train with new dogs despite temporary canine center closure (Arizona)

  • Press Release: Significant Increase in Apprehensions near Valentine, Texas

  • Press Release: CBP Officers Intercept Methamphetamine Worth Over $2.8 Million at the World Trade Bridge (Texas)

  • Press Release: Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Sees Increase in Encounters (Texas)

  • Press Release: Border Patrol Agents Seize Marijuana in the Rio Grande Valley (Texas)

  • Press Release: Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Arrests 13 Illegal Aliens in Smuggling Attempt (Texas)

  • Press Release: 40,000 Unapproved Prescription Pills Stopped by CBP Officers in Minnesota

  • Press Release: More Than 900 Lbs. of Marijuana Seized at the Port of Buffalo (New York)

  • Press Release: US Border Patrol, Law Enforcement Partners Stop 3 Vehicles Arresting 5 Aliens & 1 USC with 625 Pounds of Cocaine and a Firearm in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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

  • Press Release: Historic Preservation, Hospital Projects Highlight December Public Assistance Grant Awards (U.S. Virgin Islands)

  • Press Release: Survivors of Arecibo Floods Have Until March 5 to Submit a Late Application for FEMA Assistance (Puerto Rico)

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release: Outgoing EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed’s Letter to All Staff

  • Press Release: #ICYMI: Reuters Article Features Outgoing EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed, Urges Incoming Administration to Continue Countering China Through EXIM’s Program on China and Transformational Exports

  • Press Release: EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed Applauds the Work of EXIM’s Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice, in Cracking Down on Bad Actors and Protecting American Taxpayers

  • Press Release: EXIM Releases FY 2020 Annual Report—“All America”— Highlighting $5.4 Billion in Authorizations Supporting U.S. Exporters and an Estimated 37,000 American Jobs

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments

  • Press Release: Biden Administration Announces Foreclosure Moratorium and Mortgage Forbearance Deadline Extension That Will Bring Relief to Rural Residents

Department of Energy

  • Press Release: Department of Energy announces Secretary’s Honor Award Recipients

  • Press Release: Department of Energy Partners with Youngstown State University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Support Battery Manufacturing Workforce

Department of Interior

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Synopsis of President Biden’s Tweets

  • January 20: “Wearing masks isn’t a partisan issue — it’s a patriotic act that can save countless lives. That’s why I signed an executive order today issuing a mask mandate on federal property. It’s time to mask up, America.”

  • January 20: “I applaud the Senate for putting partisanship aside to prioritize our national security. Americans can rest easy tonight knowing Avril Haines has been confirmed as the Director of National Intelligence.”

  • January 20: “We’re back in the Paris Climate Agreement.”

  • January 20: “After taking the oath of office this afternoon, I got right to work taking action to:

    • Control the pandemic

    • Provide economic relief

    • Tackle climate change

    • Advance racial equity

  • January 20: “There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face. That’s why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families.”

  • January 20: “Now the real work begins, folks. Follow along at @POTUS as we build back better.”

  • January 20: “I love you, Jilly, and I couldn’t be more grateful to have you with me on the journey ahead.”

  • January 20: “Today, we begin anew. Tune in for #Inauguration2021.”

  • January 20: “It’s a new day in America.”

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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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