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U.S. Executive Branch Update – May 31, 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*

10:00 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

12:00 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT meets with leaders of his federal emergency preparedness and response team to receive the annual briefing on extreme weather preparedness | Roosevelt Room

4:15 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews

4:35 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews en route to Colorado Springs, Colorado

7:40 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives in Colorado Springs, Colorado (5:40 PM Local) | Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado Springs, CO

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

The Vice President is in Washington, D.C., and has no public events scheduled.

White House Press Briefing*

1:30 p.m. EDT – Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and NSC Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby | 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 Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Note: All colored text denotes hyperlinks.

The White House

  • Statement by NSC Spokesperson Adam Hodge on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s Space Launch

  • Transcript:  Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young

  • Nominations and Withdrawals Sent to the Senate

  • Press Release:  February 2023 Visitor Log Records Posted

  • Statement from White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on the Visit of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of the United Kingdom (June 8)

Office of Management & Budget (OMB)

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Advisory:  Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Seventh Visit to the Indo-Pacific Region

  • Fact Sheet:  Secretary Austin’s Seventh Trip to the Indo-Pacific Region

  • Publication:  Message to the Force – Commitment to a Safe Summer

  • Contracts for May 30, 2023

Department of State

Daily Schedule | Wednesday, May 31, 2023


  • May 30:  Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson at a Joint Press Availability

  • May 30:  Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken Following Tour of HYBRIT Steel Plant | Sweden

  • May 30:  Advisory | Secretary Blinken to Deliver Speech at Helsinki City Hall

  • May 30:  Statement | Condemning Violence Against KFOR and Escalatory Actions in Northern Kosovo

  • May 30:  Statement | Croatia Statehood Day

Western Asia

  • May 30:  Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu


  • May 30:  Statement | Continued Peace Talks Between Armenia and Azerbaijan

  • May 30:  Advisory | Assistant Secretary Pyatt’s Travel to Azerbaijan


  • May 30:  Readout | Deputy Secretary Verma’s Meeting with Mauritian President Roopun

  • May 30:  Readout | Deputy Secretary Verma’s Meeting with Mauritian Prime Minister Jugnauth

  • May 30:  Readout | Deputy Secretary Verma’s Meeting with Mauritian Leader of the Opposition Duval

  • May 30:  Statement | Department of State Celebrates Groundbreaking of New U.S. Embassy in Port Louis, Mauritius

  • May 30:  Advisory | Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Hammer Travels to Djibouti and Ethiopia


  • May 30:  Fact Sheet | U.S. Relationship with the Indian Ocean Rim Association and Commitment to the Indian Ocean Region

  • May 30:  Readout | Deputy Secretary Verma’s Meeting with IORA Secretary General Al Farisi

Middle East

  • May 30:  Statement | Imposing Sanctions on Syrian Financial Facilitators


  • May 30:  Statement | Kingdom of Spain Signs the Artemis Accords

  • May 30:  Statement | United States Leads in Space with Diplomacy


  • May 30:  Statement | Sanctioning PRC and Mexico Based Individuals and Entities for Enabling Illicit Drug Production

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Press Release:  U.S. Urges Uganda to Reconsider Dangerous Law Targeting LGBTQI+ that Jeopardizes Assistance

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

  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Nuclear Safety and Security at the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant

  • Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi

  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the 2nd Session of the UN Permanent Forum on People of African Descent

  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Political and Humanitarian Situations in Syria

Department of the Treasury

  • Press Release:  U.S. Departments of Treasury and Energy Release Additional Guidance on Inflation Reduction Act Programs to Incentivize Manufacturing and Clean Energy Investments in Hard-Hit Coal Communities

  • Press Release:  Treasury Department Announces Approval of Federal Funds to Connect Over 47,300 Mississippi Homes and Businesses to Affordable, High-Speed Internet as Part of President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda

  • Sanctions:  Treasury Sanctions China- and Mexico-Based Enablers of Counterfeit, Fentanyl-Laced Pill Production

  • Sanctions:  Treasury Sanctions Syrian Financial Facilitators Under the Caesar Syrian Civilian Protection Act

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release:  Former Wells Fargo Senior Executive Carrie Tolstedt Agrees to Settle SEC Fraud Charges for Misleading Investors About Abusive Sales Practices to Inflate a Key Performance Metric

  • Press Release:  Former Coinbase Manager and His Brother Agree to Settle Insider Trading Charges Relating to Crypto Asset Securities

Department of Justice (DOJ)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases

  • Press Release:  Justice Department Highlights Initiatives to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence

  • Speech:  Director Allison Randall of the Office on Violence Against Women Delivers Remarks at the Launch of the National Plan to End Gender-Based Violence Federal Interagency Roundtable

  • Press Release:  Bodybuilding Coach Arrested for Child Exploitation

  • Press Release:  Kansas Man Indicted for Using Guns, Death Threats and Racial Slurs to Intimidate Black People

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

  • Statement from Secretary Mayorkas on the Retirement of U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul L. Ortiz

  • DHS Press Release:  DHS Improves Customer Experience by Simplifying Services Used by the Public

  • CBP Press Release:  CBP officers seize $1.7 million in cocaine at Hidalgo International Bridge (Texas)

  • CBP Press Release:  CBP, IBWC set to temporarily close the Amistad Dam Port of Entry (Texas)

  • CBP Press Release:  Emily Loredo named Laredo Sector Border Patrol Youth of the Year for 2022 – 2023  (Texas)

  • CBP Press Release:  San Diego Field Office seizes $7.8 million worth of narcotics (California)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Link to daily press releases

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

  • Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai’s Meeting with Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell

  • Press Release:  Week Ahead Guidance for the Week of May 30, 2023 – June 2, 2023

Department of Commerce (DOC)

  • Blog:  Three Takeaways from Version 2 of the FCC’s National Broadband Map

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

  • Press Release:  FTC Approves Final Order Requiring Mastercard to Stop Blocking the Use of Competing Debit Payment Networks

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

  • Press Release:  FCC Proposes $1.4 Million Fine for Apparent USF Fee Violations

  • Press Release:  FCC Seeks Nominations for Rechartered Diversity Advisory Committee

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Press Release:  EPA Awards Tetra Tech $65 Million Contract to Support Cleanups of Navajo Abandoned Uranium Mines

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Announces Availability of $12 Million Through Investing in America Agenda for Brownfields Job Training Grants

  • Link to other EPA press releases

Department of Transportation (DOT)

  • Joint Communiqué by the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the European Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean on transatlantic cooperation

Department of Labor (DOL)

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor identifies more than 170 child labor violations by operators of six Reno-area Sonic Drive-In franchise locations

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor finds fire, electrical, other hazards in inspections at two southeast Oklahoma Dollar General stores putting workers at risk

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Hosts Historic Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Federal Employee Leadership Development Conference

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release:  FDA Proposes New, Easy-to-Read Medication Guide for Patients, Patient Medication Information

General Services Administration (GSA)

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

  • Report:  F-35 Joint Strike Fighter | More Actions Needed to Explain Cost Growth and Support Engine Modernization Decision

  • Report:  Priority Open Recommendations | Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Report:  Priority Open Recommendations | Office of Management and Budget

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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.