White House News February 14, 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*

10:30 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT and The Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing | Oval Office

12:45 p.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route the National Association of Counties, Washington, D.C.

1:15 p.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT delivers a keynote address during the National Association of Counties | Washington Hilton

2:00 p.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT arrives at the White House

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

10:30 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT and The Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing | Oval Office

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

2:30 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 Monday, February 13, 2023, 2023

Note: All colored text denotes hyperlinks.

The White House

  • Transcript:  Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby, February 13, 2023

  • Fact Sheet:  President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

  • Remarks by First Lady Jill Biden at Mesa Community College, as Prepared for Delivery

  • Nominations:  President Biden Announces Key Nominees

  • Nominations Sent to the Senate

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Article:  Chinese Surveillance Balloons Global in Scope, Says Official

  • Article:  Efforts Underway to Recover Object Downed Over Lake Huron

  • Transcript:  Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III Addresses Traveling Press Upon Arrival in Brussels, Belgium

  • Article:  Defense Ministers to Address NATO’s ‘Race for Logistics’

  • Transcript:  Dana Stroul, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East, and Senior Department of Defense Leaders Participating in the United States-Gulf Cooperation Council Working Group Meetings, Hold an Off-Camera, On-The-Record Briefing From Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  • Article:  U.S., Gulf Nations Assess Same Threats in Middle East

  • Remarks by Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks at the President’s Interagency Task Force (PITF) to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking in Persons Meeting (As Delivered)

  • Article:  Medal of Honor Monday | Navy Chief Commissary Stewart Daniel Atkins

  • Contracts for February 13, 2023

Department of State

Daily Schedule | Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Europe, NATO


  • February 13:  Statement | Meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

  • February 13:  Advisory | Assistant Secretary Mallory Stewart Travels to Florida, February 14-15


  • February 13:  Statement | U.S. Support for the Philippines in the South China Sea

  • February 13:  Remarks | Deputy Secretary Wendy R. Sherman and Japanese Vice Minister Mori Takeo and Republic of Korea (ROK) First Vice Minister Cho Hyundong at a Joint Press Availability

  • February 13:  Statement | Joint Statement on the U.S.-Japan-Republic of Korea Trilateral Ministerial Meeting

  • February 13:  Statement | Marking One Year Since the Release of the Administration’s Indo-Pacific Strategy

  • February 13:  Advisory | Counselor of the U.S. Department of State Chollet’s Travel to Bangladesh and Pakistan

Middle East

Climate Change

Press Briefings

  • February 13:  Transcript | Special Online Briefing with Ambassador Julianne Smith, U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO

  • February 13:  Transcript | Department Press Briefing

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

  • Transcript:  Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports”

  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict

Department of the Treasury

  • Press Release:  Treasury, Energy Release Guidance on Inflation Reduction Act Programs to Incentivize Investments in Underserved Communities, Hard-Hit Coal Communities

  • Remarks by Under Secretary Brian Nelson at the Meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

  • Joint Statement on the U.S.-EU Financial Regulatory Forum

Department of Justice

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases

  • Speech:  Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers Remarks at the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

  • Speech:  Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Criminal Division Delivers Remarks at the Criminal Justice Forum for Asia and the Pacific

  • Speech:  Director Rachel Rossi of the Office for Access to Justice Delivers Remarks at the Legal Aid Listening Session

  • Press Release:  U.S. Marshals Capture Over 800 Fugitives in Operation North Star

  • Press Release:  Spacelabs Healthcare, LLC Agrees to Pay $2.5 Million to Settle Allegations it Overcharged Federal Agencies for Patient Monitoring Equipment

  • Press Release:  Two Amazon Marketplace Sellers and Four Companies Plead Guilty to Price Fixing DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs

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

  • Press Release:  Border Patrol’s Swanton Sector Apprehensions & Encounters Reach Historic Highs (Vermont)

  • Press Release:  Laredo Field Office Set to Reopen and Resume Normal Operating Hours at the Amistad Dam Port of Entry in Del Rio (Texas)

  • Press Release:  First Rare Pest Discovery by CBP Agriculture Specialists at the Otay Mesa Cargo Facility (California)

  • Press Release:  Minneapolis CBP Seize More than $26K in Unreported Currency from Traveler Bound for Vietnam (Minnesota)

  • Press Release:  Agriculture Specialists in Chicago Have a Busy January Intercepting More Than 5,100 Prohibited Items (Illinois)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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

U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC)

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release:  USDA Unveils Strategic Approach and New Investments for Addressing Water Supply Challenges for Producers in the West

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Announces Availability of Inflation Reduction Act Funding for Climate-Smart Agriculture Nationwide

  • Press Release:  USDA Announces Plenary Speakers for the 2023 Agricultural Outlook Forum

Department of Energy (DOE)

Department of Interior (DOI)

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Delivers $728 Million in Historic Investments to Address Western Drought, Improve Climate Resilience

  • Press Release:  Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission Releases Strategy to Meet Aerial Firefighting Equipment Needs

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Announces $2 Billion in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding to States and Territories to Address Emerging Contaminants like PFAS in Drinking Water

  • Press Release:  EPA Region 7 Announces Virtual Listening Session on PFAS Strategic Roadmap

  • Link to other EPA press releases

Department of Labor

  • Readout:  U.S. Department of Labor expands OSHA’s ability to protect all workers by certifying special visa applications to ensure effective enforcement

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor announces reopening of comment period on Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor finds Austin landscape supplier allowed minor-aged employee to do prohibited work, leading to serious injury

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor announces $4.25M award to advance global action against forced labor by supporting International Labor Organization

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor recovers $38K in back wages for 55 workers after Goldsboro non-profit failed to meet standards to allow subminimum wages

  • Press Release:  U.S. Labor Department recovers $24K in back wages, damages for 64 workers after Sweet Brew Tea maker failed to pay overtime as law requires

  • Press Release:  Federal investigators determine 27-year-old worker suffered partial leg amputation after entering Illinois grain bin while paddle conveyor ran

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor cites Lehigh Valley tree service company, owner for serious violations after 17-year-old worker suffers fatal injuries

Health & Human Services (HHS)

Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

  • Report:  Abandoned Hardrock Mines | Land Management Agencies Should Improve Reporting of Total Cleanup Costs

  • Report:  Adult Drug Court Programs | Factors Related to Eligibility and Acceptance of Offers to Participate in DOJ Funded Adult Drug Courts

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