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US Executive Branch Update – January 22, 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.

9:30 a.m. EST – The President and The Vice President receive the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

12:00 p.m. EST – The President has lunch with The Vice President | Private Dining Room

2:00 p.m. EST – The President and The Vice President receive a briefing on the state of the economic recovery | State Dining Room

2:45 p.m. EST – The President delivers remarks on his administration’s response to the economic crisis and signs executive orders; The Vice President also attends | State Dining Room

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

12:30 p.m. EST – Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese | James S. Brady Press Briefing Room


Recap of Thursday, January 21, 2021

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

The White House

  • Text of the COVID-19 National Action Plan

  • National Security Directive on United States Global Leadership to Strengthen the International COVID-19 Response and to Advance Global Health Security and Biological Preparedness

  • Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel

  • Executive Order on Establishing the COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board and Ensuring a Sustainable Public Health Workforce for COVID-19 and Other Biological Threats

  • Executive Order on a Sustainable Public Health Supply Chain

  • Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety

  • Executive Order on Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery

  • Executive Order on Improving and Expanding Access to Care and Treatments for COVID-19

  • Executive Order on Supporting the Reopening and Continuing Operation of Schools and Early Childhood Education Providers

  • Executive Order on Ensuring a Data-Driven Response to COVID-19 and Future High-Consequence Public Health Threats

  • Memorandum to Extend Federal Support to Governors’ Use of the National Guard to Respond to COVID-19 and to Increase Reimbursement and Other Assistance Provided to States

  • Readout of Vice President Harris’s Call with World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

  • Transcript: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, January 21, 2021

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Statement by John Kirby, Pentagon Press Secretary, on New START

  • Advisory: DOD Announces Charges Referred Against Guantanamo Detainees

  • Press Release: DOD Identifies Army Casualty (Kuwait; non-combat)

  • Publication: COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Installation Status Update, January 21, 2021

  • Article: DOD Responds to COVID-19 in Navajo Nation

  • Article: DOD Incorporates AI Ethics in Systems Engineering, Official Says

  • Contracts for January 21, 2021

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Friday, January 22

  • January 21: Statement | Terrorist Attacks in Baghdad

  • January 21: Joint Statement | The Situation in Libya (France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, USA)

  • January 21: Statement | New U.S. Embassy in London Receives Award of Excellence from Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

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

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

  • Explanation of Position on Draft Resolution A/75/L.54, “Promoting a Culture of Peace and Tolerance to Safeguard Religious Sites”

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

  • Press Release: ODNI Welcomes Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: Allison Herren Lee Named Acting Chair of the SEC

  • Press Release: SEC Updates List of Firms Using Inaccurate Information to Solicit Investors

Department of Justice

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

  • Press Release: Acting Secretary of DHS Directs a Review of Immigration Enforcement Practices and Policies

  • Press Release: CISA Launches Campaign to Reduce the Risk of Ransomware

  • Press Release: U.S. and UK Conclude Arrangement to Strengthen End-to-End Supply Chain Security (Washington, D.C.)

  • Press Release: USBP Agents Discover Illegal Marijuana Grow While Serving Arrest Warrant (California)

  • Press Release: Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents’ Due Diligence Shuts Down Stash House (Texas)

  • Press Release: Combined Efforts Result in the Arrest of 60 Illegal Aliens in the Rio Grande Valley (Texas)

  • Press Release: RGV Border Patrol Agents Seize Over 1,100 Pounds of Marijuana (Texas)

  • Press Release: 50,000 Unapproved Vaping Pens Seized by CBP Officers in Chicago (Illinois)

  • Press Release: Agriculture Specialists Intercept Smuggled Trees (Ohio)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: FEMA is Now Accepting Applications for the Youth Preparedness Council

Department of Commerce

  • Blog: The Inauguration of the 46th President of the United States

US International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release: USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Electrical Connectors and Cages, Components Thereof, and Products Containing the Same

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Three Deputy Under Secretaries in the Areas of Nutrition, Rural Development and Marketing and Regulatory Programs

Department of Energy

  • Press Release: Department of Energy Announces New Senior Leaders

Department of Interior

  • Fact Sheet: Interior Department Welcomes Day One Executive Orders to Restore Public Lands and Waters, Combat Coronavirus

Environmental Protection Agency

  • Press Release: EPA Welcomes Members of the Biden-Harris Leadership Team

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Biden Appointees Ready to Work on Behalf of the American People

Department of Labor

Department of Education

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Education Announces Biden-Harris Appointees

  • Press Release: At the Request of President Biden, Acting Secretary of Education Will Extend Pause on Federal Student Loan Payments

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: Anthony S. Fauci Remarks at the World Health Organization Executive Board Meeting

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: FDA Approves First Extended-Release, Injectable Drug Regimen for Adults Living with HIV

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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