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US Executive Branch Update – August 16, 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*

11:40 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY depart Charleston Executive Airport

12:05 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY depart Charleston, South Carolina, en route Washington, D.C.

1:20 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY arrive in Washington, D.C.

1:50 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY arrive at the White House

3:30 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks and signs into law H.R. 5376, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 | State Dining Room

7:00 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Fort Lesley J. McNair

7:20 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Washington, D.C., en route New Castle, Delaware

8:15 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives in New Castle, Delaware

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

The Vice President has no public events scheduled.

*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 Monday, August 15, 2022

Note: All colored text denotes hyperlinks.

The White House

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on His COVID Status
  • Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Call with Japanese Minister of Defense Hamada Yasukazu
  • Press Release:  U.S., Republic of Korea, and Japan Participate in Missile Defense Exercise in Hawaii
  • Article:  DOD Releases First Department-wide Social Media Policy 
  • Article:  Medal of Honor Monday | Army Spc. 5 Dennis M. Fujii
  • Contracts for August 15, 2022

Department of State

Daily Schedule | Tuesday, August 16


  • August 15:  Remarks | To African Diaspora Youth and Exchange Alumni
  • August 15:  Sanctions | Imposing Sanctions on Senior Liberian Government Officials
  • August 15:  Statement | Republic of the Congo National Day

Western Hemisphere

  • August 15:  Statement | Conclusion of Round 13 of Columbia River Treaty Negotiations
  • August 15:  Advisory | Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Bitter Travels to Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Brasilia, Brazil


  • August 15:  Statement | Republic of Korea National Day


  • August 15:  Statement | Liechtenstein’s National Day

Department Briefing

  • August 15:  Transcript | Department Press Briefing – August 15, 2022

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Readout:  Administrator Samantha Power’s Meeting with UNICEF Executive Director Cathy Russell

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

  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Yemen

Department of the Treasury

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release:  SEC Charges 18 Defendants in International Scheme to Manipulate Stocks Using Hacked US Brokerage Accounts
  • Press Release:  SEC Names Monique Winkler as Regional Director of San Francisco Office
  • Press Release:  SEC Names Nicholas Grippo as Regional Director of Philadelphia Office

Department of Justice

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases

  • Press Release:  Man Arrested for Making Threats of Violence Against FBI
  • Press Release:  FBI Announces Results of Nationwide Sex Trafficking Operation
  • Press Release:  Justice Department Announces Conclusion of Landmark Agreement Addressing Segregated Work Settings for People with Disabilities
  • Press Release:  Universal Helicopters Inc. and Dodge City Community College Agree to Pay $7.5 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Related to Post-9/11 GI Bill Funding
  • Press Release:  California Firm and Owner Sentenced for COVID-19 Fraud Scheme
  • Press Release:  Pain Management Physician Convicted of Unlawfully Distributing Opioids
  • Press Release:  Alabama Company Charged in Worker Death Case

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

  • Press Release:  CBP Releases July 2022 Monthly Operational Update (Washington, D.C.)
  • Press Release:  Vehicle Pursuits Continue to Plague the RGV Community (Texas)
  • Press Release:  Del Rio Sector Agents Encounter Multiple Large Groups of Migrants Over Weekend (Texas)
  • Press Release:  Calexico Agents Seize 106 Pounds of Meth During Vehicle Stop (California)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Link to daily press releases

Department of Commerce/National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA)

  • NTIA Blog:  Adding New Senior Leadership to Our Growing Team

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

  • Press Release:  FTC Policy Paper Warns About Pitfalls of COPA Agreements for Patient Care and Healthcare Workers

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

  • Press Release:  FCC Reports to Congress on Future of the Universal Service Fund

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

  • Press Release:  DFC Disburses $83 Million for Africa Data Centres to Expand ICT Infrastructure in South Africa

U.S. Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release:  EXIM Bank of the United States Director Spencer Bachus Tours North Dakota Manufacturing Facility Alongside North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release:  USDA Announces New Opportunities to Improve Nutrient Management
  • Press Release:  USDA Recommends Adding Food Safety Items to Your Back-to-School List

Department of Energy (DOE)

  • Press Release:  DOE Announces up to $44 Million to Advance Enhanced Geothermal Systems

Department of Interior (DOI)

  • Press Release:  David Applegate Sworn In as Director of the U.S. Geological Survey

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Press Release:  EPA Seeks Input on the Phase 3 Greenhouse Gas Standard Rulemaking for Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles
  • Link to other EPA press releases

Department of Labor

  • Press Release:  Deputy Secretary Su meets with Puerto Rico Governor Pierluisi, local officials to discuss workforce strategies, advance economic dialogue
  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor cites New Jersey-based packaging manufacturer for 25 violations after investigation of Ohio worker’s 2nd-degree burns
  • Press Release:  Despite 13 citations since 2015, investigations into two meat cutters’ amputation injuries find Fiesta Mart again failed to protect employees
  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor, Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office establish partnership to protect workers’ rights
  • Press Release:  Ohio nursery owner debarred from foreign labor visa program after U.S. Department of Labor investigation finds repeated violations
  • Press Release:  Investigation recovers $54K in back wages for 62 hospice care workers at two Puerto Rico centers that incorrectly paid them as volunteers
  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor offers prevailing wage compliance seminars for federal contractors, contracting agencies, unions, workers
  • Press Release:  Profits over people: Federal safety inspectors find 3 more Dollar General stores habitually disregarding workplace safety, risking employees’ lives
  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor recovers $113K in back wages, damages for 169 Florida heating, ventilation, air conditioning workers denied overtime

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Makes Hundreds of Thousands More Vaccine Doses Available to Support Monkeypox Response

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