United States: U.S. Executive Update – January 13, 2022

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This report provides an overview of the priorities of the US executive branch via daily schedules and press releases from the previous day.

Schedule of POTUS*

9:30 a.m. EST – PRESIDENT receives daily briefing from President

10:30 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT provides an update on his administration’s whole-of-government response to COVID-19; Secretary of Defense and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell are also present | South Court Auditorium

1:00 PM EST – PRESIDENT meets with Senate Democratic Caucus to discuss the urgent need for legislation to protect the constitutional right to vote and the integrity of our elections | United States Capitol

Schedule of VPOTUS*

The White House has yet to release the vice president’s schedule for Thursday.

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

3:00 PM EST – Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan | James S. Brady Press Conference Room

*The daily schedules for the U.S. President (POTUS) and Vice President (VPOTUS) are subject to change, as is the schedule for White House press briefings.

Summary of Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Note: Hyperlinks in bold highlight developments related to COVID-19.

The White House

  • Statement from President Biden on the Consumer Price Index
  • Transcript: Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, January 12, 2022
  • Transcription: Press Briefing by the White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials
  • Fact sheet: Biden-?Harris administration increases COVID-?19 testing in schools to keep students safe and schools open
  • Backgrounder: Biden-Harris Administration Rushes to Deploy Clean Energy That Creates Jobs and Cuts Costs (regarding Bipartisan Infrastructure Act)

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Article: DOD Officials Say Service Members, Families Pay Price for Continued Resolutions
  • Article: Agency addresses hypersonic vehicle detection and satellite survivability
  • Article: Director Oliver Stone was a soldier in Vietnam
  • Publication: Update on the status of the installation of COVID-19 travel restrictions January 12, 2022
  • Contracts of January 12, 2022

state department

Russia, Ukraine, NATO

  • January 12: reading | Assistant Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with European Commission President Seibert’s Chief of Staff
  • January 12: reading | Undersecretary Sherman’s meeting with his French, German, Italian and British counterparts
  • January 12: Transcript | Deputy Secretary Wendy R. Sherman at a press conference
  • January 12: reading | Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Secretary General of the European External Action Service Sannino

Asia Pacific

  • January 12: Declaration | Study on the Maritime Claims of the People’s Republic of China in the South China Sea
  • January 12: Sanctions | United States Designates Entities and Individuals Linked to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Weapons Programs

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Report: Executive Director Samantha Power’s meeting with United Nations World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley
  • Reading out loud: Meeting of Administrator Samantha Power with Mark Suzman, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Remarks: Administrator Samantha Power at the swearing-in ceremony for Latin America and the Caribbean Assistant Office Administrator Marcela Escobari
  • Notice: Administrator Samantha Power visits Bosnia and Herzegovina (January 19-21)

United States Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield during a UN Security Council briefing on Yemen

Treasury Department

  • Sanctions: Treasury Targets DPRK Individuals Supporting Weapons of Mass Destruction and Ballistic Missile Programs
  • Sanctions List Updates: Non-Proliferation Designations

justice department

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily press releases
  • Press release: Department of Justice launches statewide disability rights investigation into use of adult care homes in South Carolina
  • News Release: Amtrak Awards Over $2 Million to People with Disabilities
  • Press release: Florida clinical trial company co-owner pleads guilty to obstructing FDA inspection

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

  • Press Release: Department of Homeland Security Announces Climate Change Professionals Program
  • News release: Immigration assistance available for those affected by natural disasters and other unforeseen circumstances
  • News Release: Border Patrol Agents Arrest U.S. Citizen With Two Outstanding Warrants (California)
  • Press Release: Fentanyl and Meth Seized at Highway 86 Checkpoint (California)
  • Press Release: RGV Agents Arrest Two Convicted Murderers (Texas)
  • Press release: Minnesota CBP stops lethal smuggling of bushmeat into the United States (Minnesota)
  • Press Release: Cincinnati CBP Stops Thousands of Fake IDs From Leaving US (Ohio)
  • Press Release: Dulles CBP Seizes Dangerous Christmas Day Ketamine Destined for Queens, NY, Virginia
  • Press Release: CBP and GSA Announce Reauthorization of Gift Acceptance Authority (Washington, DC)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Link to daily press releases

Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR)

  • Remarks by Ambassador Katherine Tai at the Institute of International and European Affairs virtual event
  • Report on Ambassador Jayme White’s virtual meeting with Mexico’s Undersecretary for the Economy, Luz Maria de la Mora
  • Report on Ambassador Jayme White’s virtual meeting with Canadian Deputy Minister of International Trade David Morrison

Commerce Department

  • Blog: New business initiatives for a climate-ready nation

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

  • Press Release: FTC Approves Final Order Placing Strict Limits on Future Mergers by Dialysis Service Provider DaVita, Inc.
  • Press Release: FTC Approves Final Order Requiring Generic Drug Distributors ANI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Novitium Pharma LLC to Divest Rights and Assets to Generic Sulfamethoxazole-Trimethoprim Oral Suspension and Generic Dexamethasone Tablets

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

  • Press Release: President Rosenworcel Circulates New Data Breach Reporting Requirements
  • Press Release: Carr Holds Formal Meeting with Taiwan Regulators

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release: USDA Invests $9 Million to Expand Reach and Increase Adoption of Climate-Smart Practices

Department of Energy (DOE)

  • Press Release: DOE Launches New Initiative from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Act to Modernize National Grid

Department of Interior (DOI)

  • Press Release: Biden-Harris Administration to Accelerate Review of Clean Energy Proposals on Public Lands
  • Press Release: Department of the Interior Announces Historic Wind Energy Auction Off New York and New Jersey

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Link to daily EPA press releases

transport department

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Appointment of Amit Bose as the 15th Senate Confirmed Director of the Federal Railroad Administration

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

  • Press Release: FAA Seeks Comments on Updates to Airport Noise Control Guidelines and Compatibility Planning

Ministry of Labour

  • Report: Consumer Price Index
  • News Release: Honolulu company to pay 171 security guards $1.4 million after US Department of Labor finds employer unlawfully conspired to deny overtime pay
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Announces Funding Opportunity to Help At-Risk or Homeless Veterans Return to Work
  • Press release: US Department of Labor recovers $126,000 for employees after federal court finds Connecticut home health care provider in contempt
  • Press release: Three labor contractors at citrus farm pay $76,000 in back wages and penalties after US Department of Labor uncovers guest worker program violations

Department of Education

  • Fact sheet: Biden-Harris administration increases COVID-19 testing in schools to keep students safe and schools open

Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • Youth Behavioral Health Roundtable Report

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