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March 27, 2023

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US Executive Branch Update – January 27, 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*

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

5:30 p.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Camp David

  • Statement from President Joe Biden on Personnel Announcement (Ron Klain’s departure/Jeff Zients replacing)

  • Fact Sheet:  Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces New Actions and Progress to Protect Communities from Lead Pipes and Paint

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

2:00 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT will host the Accelerating Lead Pipe Replacement Summit at the White House; the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator will participate

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

1:30 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 26, 2023

Note: All colored text denotes hyperlinks.

The White House

  • Remarks by President Biden on Economic Progress Since Taking Office

  • Statement from President Joe Biden on the Tyre Nichols Case

  • Statement from President Joe Biden on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

  • Remarks by President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at Lunar New Year Celebration

  • Readout of Inaugural Meeting of Ukraine Donor Coordination Platform Steering Committee

  • Transcript:  Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on a Successful Counterterrorism Operation in Somalia

  • Memorandum on Extending and Expanding Eligibility for Deferred Enforced Departure for Certain Hong Kong Residents

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

  • Nominations Sent to the Senate

  • OMB Blog:  Initial Proposals for Revising the Federal Race and Ethnicity Standards

  • Press

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Transcript:  Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh Holds a Press Briefing

  • Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on Somalia Operation

  • Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Meeting with Albanian Minister of Defense Niko Peleshi at the Pentagon

  • Article:  U.S.-Albanian Leaders Discuss NATO, Bilateral Relations

  • Readout of Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Colin Kahl’s Meeting with Estonian Ministry of Defense Permanent Secretary Kusti Salm

  • Virtual Remarks by Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks at Foreign Policy for America (FP4A) NextGen Initiative’s “A Conversation With the DSD” (As Prepared)

  • Press Release:  DoD Releases Small Business Strategy

  • Publication:  DoD Small Business Strategy

  • Press Release:  Countries Gather for U.S.-Canada Co-Hosted Proliferation Security Initiative Workshop Focused on the Western Hemisphere

  • Article:  Largest U.S.-Israeli Exercise in History Concludes

  • Article:  ‘Sextortion’ Human Trafficking Prevention Month Topic

  • Article:  Thunderbirds Soar Into 70

  • Press Release:  Livestream the NFL on AFN Now!

  • Advisory:  Secretary of Defense Travels to Republic of Korea, Philippines

  • Contracts for January 26, 2023

Department of State

Daily Schedule | Friday, January 27, 2023

Western Hemisphere

  • January 26:  Advisory | Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity Virtual Ministerial Event (Jan. 27)

  • January 26:  Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Mexican Foreign Secretary Ebrard

  • January 26:  Statement | Sanctioning Senior Paraguayan Officials for Corruption

Middle East

  • January 26:  Statement | The Situation in Jenin

  • January 26:  Advisory | Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Egypt, Israel, and the West Bank (Jan. 29-31)

  • January 26:  Transcript | Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf on the Secretary’s Upcoming Travel to Egypt, Israel, and the West Bank

Europe, Ukraine, Russia

  • January 26:  Statement | Countering the Wagner Group and Degrading Russia’s War Efforts in Ukraine

International Telecommunication Union

  • January 26:  Statement | Naming Anna Gomez to Lead U.S. Preparations for the International Telecommunication Union World Radiocommunication Conference 2023

Department Press Briefing

  • January 26:  Transcript | Department Press Briefing

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Readout:  Administrator Samantha Power’s Meeting with The Elders

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

  • Readout of Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Mozambican Foreign Minister Verónica Macamo

  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Media Availability with Mozambican Foreign Minister Verónica Macamo

  • Remarks by Ambassador Robert Wood at an event hosted by Yad Vashem

  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace

Department of the Treasury

  • Sanctions:  Treasury Sanctions Russian Proxy Wagner Group as a Transnational Criminal Organization

  • Sanctions:  Treasury Sanctions Paraguay’s Former President and Current Vice President for Corruption

  • Sanctions List Updates:  Russia-related Designations and Designation Update; Central African Republic Designations; Transnational Criminal Organizations Designation; Global Magnitsky Designations; Issuance of Global Magnitsky General Licenses and Frequently Asked Questions

  • Remarks by Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen at Bilateral Meeting with Minister of Finance of South Africa Enoch Godongwana

  • Remarks by Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen at Ford Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria, South Africa

  • Press Release:  Treasury Announces Four Additional Capital Projects Fund Awards to Increase Access to Affordable, High-Speed Internet

Department of Justice

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Justice Disrupts Hive Ransomware Variant

  • Speech:  Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers Remarks on the Disruption of Hive Ransomware Variant

  • Speech:  Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco Delivers Remarks on the Disruption of Hive Ransomware Variant

  • Press Release:  Five Members and Associates of White Supremacist Gang Sentenced to Life in Prison for Racketeering, Kidnapping, and Murder

  • Press Release:  Man Charged with Immigration Fraud for Concealing War Crime Charge in Croatia

  • Press Release:  Justice Department Files Pay Equity Lawsuit Challenging Compensation Discrimination by Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs

  • Press Release:  Former Louisville, Kentucky, Department of Corrections Officer Sentenced to 36 Months in Prison for Violent Assault on Pretrial Detainee

  • Speech:  Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers Remarks at OVC’s Anti-Trafficking Commemorative Event

  • Speech:  Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta Delivers Remarks at OVC’s Anti-Trafficking Commemorative Event

  • Speech:  Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke for Civil Rights Delivers Remarks at OVC’s Anti-Trafficking Commemorative Event

  • Speech:  Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Justice Programs Delivers Remarks at OVC’s Anti-Trafficking Commemorative Event

  • Speech:  Director Kristina Rose of the Office for Victims of Crime Delivers Remarks at OVC’s Anti-Trafficking Commemorative Event

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

  • Joint Statement by United States Secretary Mayorkas and European Union Commissioner for Internal Market Breton

  • Press Release:  U.S. Announces Ian Saunders as U.S. Candidate for WCO Secretary General on International Customs Day (Washington, D.C.)

  • Press Release:  CBP Officers Seize More Than 500 Pounds of Hard Drugs Since Start of 2023 (Texas)

  • Press Release:  Laredo Sector Border Patrol Arrested Several Undocumented Individuals with Fraudulent Documents (Texas)

  • Press Release:  Despite the Cold Weather Maine Border Patrol Agents Foil Back-to-Back Smuggling Attempts (Maine)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Link to daily press releases

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

  • Press Release:  FCC Improving Support for Digital Health in Rural America

  • Press Release:  FCC Proposes Rules to Promote Reliable Access to 988 Lifeline

  • Press Release:  FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for February Open Meeting

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Statement from Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on Departure of Deputy Secretary Jewel Bronaugh

  • Statement from Agriculture Deputy Secretary Jewel Bronaugh

  • Press Release:  USDA Announces Grants for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production

Department of Energy (DOE)

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Energy Awards $118 Million to Accelerate Domestic Biofuel Production

Department of Interior (DOI)

  • Press Release:  Assistant Secretary Cantor Completes Pacific Tour of Hawaiʻi, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Protects Boundary Waters Area Watershed

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Press Release:  EPA awards $26M in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds to protect, improve water quality in Idaho 

  • Link to other EPA press releases

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Announces More Than $380 Million in Grants to Modernize Ferry Services, Reduce Emissions, and Connect Rural Communities

Department of Labor

  • Press Release:  Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor announces enforcement guidance changes to save lives, target employers who put profit over safety

  • Press Release:  Department of Labor Selects 10 States, District of Columbia for National Effort to Expand Employment Opportunities, Outcomes for People with Disabilities

  • Press Release:  Federal investigators find employee suffered fatal injuries while duct tape held machine safety guards open at Kingsman plastics plant

  • Press Release:  Gainesville psychiatric hospital implements safety measures after federal investigation into series of staff injuries after violent incidents with patients

  • Press Release:  Facing manslaughter charges in worker’s 2021 trench collapse death, Colorado contractor who willfully ignored federal law surrenders to police

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor recovers $106K in back wages, damages after benefits advisors misclassify 68 workers as independent contractors

  • Press Release:  Penalties Mount | Fined more than $15M since 2017, familiar Dollar General safety failures in 3 inspections in Florida, Alabama, add $387K more

Department of Education

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Announces Resolution of Pregnancy Discrimination Investigation of Troy University in Alabama

  • Press Release:  Secretary Cardona Speaks with Native American Parents About Unique Needs of Native American Students in Urban Oklahoma Schools

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release:  HHS Approves California’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) Demonstration Authority to Support Care for Justice-Involved People

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration to Launch Summit Series to Advance Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Economic Equity

  • Press Release (HHS OIG):  The National Institutes of Health and EcoHealth Alliance Did Not Effectively Monitor Awards and Subawards, Resulting in Missed Opportunities to Oversee Research and Other Deficiencies | January 25, 2023

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release:  FDA Concludes that Existing Regulatory Frameworks for Foods and Supplements are Not Appropriate for Cannabidiol, Will Work with Congress on a New Way Forward

Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

  • Press Release:  HUD Announces Over 100,000 Families & Individuals Housed Through “House America” Homelessness Initiative

  • Press Release:  HUD Announces over $116 million to Public Housing Agencies for the Family Self Sufficiency Program

  • Press Release:  HUD Proposes Expanded Support for Housing Counseling Services Tailored to the Needs of Tribal Communities

General Services Administration (GSA)

  • Press Release:  GSA’s Workplace Innovation Lab opens to federal agencies | January 25, 2023

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

  • Report (Transportation) | Drones: FAA Should Improve Its Approach to Integrating Drones into the National Airspace System

  • Report (National Defense) | Contested Information Environment: Actions Needed to Strengthen Education and Training for DOD Leaders

  • Report (Environment) | Clean Water Act: EPA Should Track Control of Combined Sewer Overflows and Water Quality Improvements

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About this Author

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.