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US Executive Branch Update – August 11, 2022

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

POTUS’ Schedule*

The President is on vacation in South Carolina; has nothing scheduled for Thursday.

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

1:25 p.m. PDT – the Vice President will participate in a press call about investments in tribal broadband | San Francisco, California

2:05 p.m. PDT – the Vice President will host a roundtable discussion with California state legislators and advocates to discuss reproductive health care | Fairmont San Francisco Grand Ballroom

*The U.S. President (POTUS) and Vice President’s (VPOTUS) daily schedules are subject to change.

Recap of Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Note: All colored text denotes hyperlinks.

The White House

  • Remarks by President Biden at Signing of S. 3373, “The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promises to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022”
  • Bill Signed into Law:  S. 3373
  • Fact Sheet:  President Biden Signs the PACT Act and Delivers on His Promise to America’s Veterans
  • Remarks by Vice President Harris during Roundtable with Nevada State Legislators to Discuss Reproductive Healthcare
  • Remarks by Vice President Harris at the United Steelworkers Constitutional Convention
  • Statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Iran’s Continued Targeting of U.S. Citizens
  • Statement by President Biden on the Ten-Year Anniversary of Austin Tice’s Captivity (Syria)
  • Appointment:  President Biden Intends to Appoint Dr. Monica Bertagnolli as Director of the National Cancer Institute

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Visit to Latvia
  • Article:  Austin, Latvian Leaders Aim for Stronger Alliance
  • Article:  Austin’s Visit to Latvia Underscores U.S. Commitment
  • Article:  Austin Visits U.S. Troops, Meets with Leaders in Latvia
  • Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks’ Meeting with the Defense Business Board
  • Press Release:  Defense Department Invests to Re-Establish Domestic Production of Critical Propellant
  • Article:  CHIPS Act Advances DOD’s Emphasis on Microelectronics
  • Advisory:  Military Commissions Media Invitation Announced for United States v. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri Pre-Trial Hearing
  • Contracts for August 10, 2022

Department of State

Daily Schedule | Thursday, August 11

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is concluding his overseas trip on Thursday, with a final stop in Rwanda.

SecState’s Trip

  • August 10:  Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with DRC Prime Minister Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde
  • August 10:  Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Republic of the Congo (ROC) President Denis Sassou N’Guesso
  • August 10:  Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks to Press at an Election Transparency Hackathon Event (DRC)
  • August 10:  Fact Sheet | The United States and Rwanda: Strategic Partners
  • August 10:  Interview | Secretary Antony J. Blinken with Christian Lusakueno of Top Congo FM


  • August 10:  Statement | G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement in Support of the IAEA’s Efforts to Promote Nuclear Safety and Security at the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine

Other Matters

  • August 10:  Sanctions | U.S. Department of State Debars Ten Persons for Violating or Conspiring to Violate the Arms Export Control Act
  • August 10:  Statement | Tenth Anniversary of the Captivity of Austin Tice (Syria)

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Readout:  Administrator Samantha Power’s Meeting with Mostafa Terrab, Chairman and CEO of OCP Group

Department of the Treasury

  • Press Release:  Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter to IRS Commissioner in Support of Funding for IRS to Improve Taxpayer Service & Combat Evasion By High Income Earners and Corporations

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release:  SEC Proposes to Enhance Private Fund Reporting        
  • Press Release:  SEC Charges Angel Oak Capital Advisors with Misleading Investors in $90 Million Fix-and-Flip Securitization

Department of Justice

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases

  • Press Release:  Member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Charged with Plot to Murder the Former National Security Advisor
  • Press Release:  Three Nigerian Nationals Extradited to the United States from the United Kingdom for Participating in Business Email Compromise Fraud Schemes
  • Press Release:  Former J.P. Morgan Traders Convicted of Fraud, Attempted Price Manipulation, and Spoofing in a Multi-Year Market Manipulation Scheme
  • Press Release:  Former Twitter Employee Found Guilty of Acting as an Agent of a Foreign Government and Unlawfully Sharing Twitter User Information
  • Press Release:  Four Members of Drug Trafficking Organization Charged with Fentanyl Analogue Distribution and Money Laundering Charges
  • Press Release:  Aryan Circle Member Convicted of Racketeering Attempted Murder

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

  • Press Release:  CISA Releases Toolkit of Free Cybersecurity Resources for Election Community
  • Press Release:  CBP Officers Seize $113K Worth of Cocaine at Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge (Texas)
  • Press Release:  Weekend Haul of $6.88 Million Worth of Fake Jewelry and Watches Seized in Cincinnati (Ohio)
  • Press Release:  CBP Warns Residents of Phone Scam (North Dakota)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Link to daily press releases

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

  • Remarks by Ambassador Katherine Tai at the 2022 United Steelworkers Constitutional Convention

Department of Commerce

  • Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with Australian Minister for Trade and Tourism Don Farrell

U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release:  USITC Makes Determination in Five-Year (Sunset) Review Concerning Lemon Juice from Argentina

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

  • Press Release:  FCC Rejects LTD Broadband, Starlink Bids for Broadband Subsidies
  • Press Release:  Carr Responds to Starlink RDOF Rejection
  • Press Release:  FCC Announces Nearly $68 Million in Emergency Connectivity Funding
  • Press Release:  FCC CAC Solicits Second Round of Nominations for Membership

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

  • Press Release:  CFPB Warns that Digital Marketing Providers Must Comply with Federal Consumer Finance Protections
  • Press Release:  CFPB Takes Action Against Hello Digit for Lying to Consumers About Its Automated Savings Algorithm

U.S. Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Readout:  EXIM Bank of the United States Meets with Australian Delegation Led by Minister for Trade and Tourism

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release:  USDA Invests Nearly $8M to Improve Dietary Health and Nutrition Security

Department of Energy (DOE)

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Launches New Offices to Lower Energy Costs and Deploy Clean Power Nationwide

Department of Interior (DOI)

  • Press Release:  Assistant Secretary Trujillo Joins Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funded South Dakota Water Project

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Press Release:  EPA Announces $79 Million Investment from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Protect and Restore the Columbia River Basin
  • Link to other EPA press releases

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release:  DOT, Supply Chain Companies Collaborate to Speed Up Movement of Goods, Cut Costs for Consumers

Department of Labor

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor files lawsuit to recover back wages, damages from Minneapolis-area home healthcare provider who denied workers overtime

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release:  Federal Health Agencies Unveil National Tool to Measure Health Impacts of Environmental Burdens

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

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