Presidential Executive Orders – Updated Mar 19, 2017

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January 20th, 2017

13765: Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal

This order directs stop-gap measures designed to facilitate long-term repeal of ObamaCare. It gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the heads of all Executive Branch department and agencies power to waive, defer, or exempt fees associated with ObamaCare. The order also reinforces state rights over healthcare while pushing a free and open interstate market for services and commerce.

January 24th, 2017

13766: Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High Priority Infrastructure Projects

This order directs agencies to expedite all infrastructure improvement projects and approval decisions. It establishes a “high priority” category, in which projects identified by State Governors, heads Executive Branch departments or agencies, or the Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality will be given top priority with short deadlines.

January 25th, 2017

13767: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

This order directs the termination of “sanctuary zones” across the US, which the President contends violates Federal law by shielding bona fide suspects from detention, questioning, and deportation. This order also suspends Federal funding to jurisdictions maintaining those sanctuary zones; resumes collection of fines and penalties from immigrants who enter the US illegally; implements sanctions on foreign nations that are recalcitrant, or lazy, about allowing their citizens to enter the US illegally; and establishes support services for victims of crimes perpetrated by removable aliens.

January 25th, 2017

13768: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements

This order directs the Executive Branch’s departments and agencies to enforce US immigration policies codified in current immigration law, which mandates Federal and State cooperation, detention, and swift repatriation of illegal aliens. Also, the order:

  • Terminates the “catch and release” de facto policies of the Obama Administration, including abuse of “asylum provisions.”
  • Directs the construction of a physical wall on the southern US border.
  • Expedites visa processing for all immigrants.
  • Assigns a 180-day report detailing how the US shall obtain and maintain complete operational control of the southern border.

January 27th, 2017

13769: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States *Rescinded*

This order implements or re-energizes restrictions on the visa-issuance processes. It directs the suspension of visas and benefits to immigrants from “Countries of Particular Concern.” The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, has 30 days to refine the list of countries, and it directs the following actions:

  • for 90 days, suspend entry into the US for and revoke all valid visas of nationals from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
  • in 30 days, Department of Homeland Security provide a report on the effects of the 90-day suspension, including the list of information needed from countries that currently don’t provide enough data to ensure proper scrutiny of inbound foreign nationals.
  • within 60 days of the aforementioned report, Secretary of State must request this information from the applicable foreign governments; the President reserves the right to also suspend diplomatic visas to those countries, if they do not comply.
  • implement a program to identify inbound foreign nationals (and refugees) who intend to cause harm.
  • limit the number of refugees allowed in the US to 50,000 in 2017.
  • expedite Biometric entry and exit tracking programs.
  • suspend waivers to in-person visa security interviews.
  • ensure foreign countries’ immigration agreements are truly reciprocal to US citizens.
  • prioritize refugee claims of those who are members of persecuted minority religious groups within problem countries: this is the target of scrutiny within the Judicial Branch, wherein they have judged that this provision unfairly targets Muslims, due to the contextual rules applied by the policy.

January 28th, 2017

13770: Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees

This order directs all Executive Branch appointees (since January 20th, 2017) to sign, pledge, and become contractually committed to new ethical language. Appointees may not:

  • within 5 years of leaving office, engage in lobbying activities with the agency in which he or she has served.
  • for the remainder of the Administration, engage in lobbying activities for any “covered” official or non-career Senior Executive Service appointee; covered officials of the Executive Branch include the President, the Vice President, Officers and employees of the Office of the President, Level I through V executives, military generals (O-7 and above), and Schedule C employees.
  • receive gifts from registered lobbying organization for the duration of the appointment.
  • within 2 years of the date of appointment, participate in any specific political party that does business with former employers, clients, or contracts.
  • if a registered lobbyist within 2 years prior to the date of appointment, participate in any matter for which he or she lobbied for 2 years, following the appointment.

January 30th, 2017

13771: Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs

This order addresses the costs associated with private businesses’ efforts to comply with government regulations and penalties. First, for each new proposed regulation, the Executive Branch department or agency must identify at least two existing regulations to repeal. Also, the total cost of new regulations vs the savings garnered from repealed regulations must equal a total of zero dollars, or less. The President’s Budget will also include a new agency incremental cost limitation affecting the creation of new regulations.

February 03, 2017

13772: Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System

This order establishes policy language governing the US financial system. It implements the following Core Principles:

  • empower Americans to make independent financial decisions and informed choices in the marketplace, save for retirement, and build individual wealth.
  • prevent taxpayer-funded bailouts.
  • foster economic growth and vibrant financial markets through more rigorous regulatory impact analysis that addresses systemic risk and market failures, such as moral hazard and information asymmetry.
  • enable American companies to be competitive with foreign firms in domestic and foreign markets.
  • advance American interests in international financial regulatory negotiations and meetings.
  • restore public accountability within Federal financial regulatory agencies and rationalize the Federal financial regulatory framework.

February 09, 2017

13773: Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety

This order directs the US Attorney General to establish a Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety. The Task Force will develop strategies to reduce crime, including illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and violent crime. Additionally, it will identify deficiencies in existing laws and assess the adequacy of crime-related databases.

February 09, 2017

13774: Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers

This order again directs the enforcement of extant Federal Laws regarding the protection and safety of law enforcement. The Department of Justice will develop strategies to further secure safety and protection via tighter coordination, faster prosecution, and refinement of existing laws. Interestingly, the order directs a review of all grant funding programs administered by the Department of Justice to measure the extent to which those programs supports the protection and safety of Law Enforcement.

February 09, 2017

13775: Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking

This order establishes policy language governing strategy to dismantle organized crime syndicates in the US. It aims to strengthen enforcement of extant Federal law, and to provide sufficient resources to responsible agencies. Additionally, it aims to maximize information-sharing and collaboration between all Federal agencies to target criminal organizations. Also, the order directs an intelligence and law enforcement information exchange program with foreign counterparts to facilitate better cooperation. Also, the order calls for a study to identify weaknesses in current law with recommendations to improve.

February 09, 2017

13776: Providing an Order of Succession within the Department of Justice

This order codifies an order of succession to the office of US Attorney General within the Department of Justice, comprised of the following officers, in order:

  • US Attorney for Easter District, VA
  • US Attorney for Norther District, IL
  • US Attorney for Western District, MO

The order bars the Deputy US Attorney General, the Associate US Attorney General, and any officers working for the Attorney General to serve or act as the US Attorney General during succession. Also, the President reserves the right to depart from this Executive Order if he needs to.

February 24, 2017

13777: Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda

This order, which complements E.O. 13771 of January 30th, orders all non-waived agencies, within 60 days, to designate one Regulatory Reform Officer (RRO), who will oversee implementation of regulatory reforms. Entities comprised of multiple agency executives will instead form a joint Regulatory Reform Task Force, to oversee and accomplish the same alleviation objectives, which includes identifying regulations that:

  • Eliminate jobs or inhibit job creation
  • Are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective
  • Impose costs that exceed benefits
  • Create inconsistencies or interfere with this reform agenda
  • Are inconsistent with laws that require information transparency
  • Derive from E.O.s that have been rescinded or modified

Within 90 days, the Task Forces and RROs will begin elimination of a prioritized list of regulations.

February 28th, 2017

13778: Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the “Waters of the United States” Rule

This order calls for an in-depth critical review of 80 Fed. Reg. 37054 (June 29, 2015), “Clean Water Rule: Definition of ‘Waters of the United States.’ The EPA and US Army will lead a review of all orders, rules, regulations, guidelines and policies established in support of the Clean Water Rule, and will rescind or revise all that are inconsistent with recent orders, laws, and litigation that has come to pass since inception. The order also insists that all future interpretations of the definition of “Navigable Waters” derive from 33 USC 1352(7), as ruled by opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia in response to Rapanos v. United States, 547 US 715 (2006).

The plurality opinion stated that the Clean Water Act confers federal jurisdiction over non-navigable waters only if the waters exhibit a relatively permanent flow, such as a river, lake, or stream. In addition, a wetland falls within the Corps’ jurisdiction only if there is a continuous surface water connection between it and a relatively permanent waterbody, and it is difficult to determine where the waterbody ends and the wetland begins.

February 28th, 2017

13779: Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

This order establishes the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and houses it in the Executive Office of the President. This initiative will work with agencies, employers, educational institutions and others to influence the capacity of HBCUs to provide the highest-quality education possible. In short, the Initiative will focus attention, fiscal support, agency requirements, and prioritization across-the-board. The order also codifies the definition of “HBCUs” as those institutions listed in 34 CFR 608.2.

Alabama A&M University

Alabama State University
Carver State Technical College
Concordia College
Fredd State Technical College
J.F. Drake State Tech College
S.D. Bishop State Junior College
Lawson State College
Miles College
Oakwood College
Selma University
Stillman College
Talladega University
Trenholm State Tech College
Tuskegee University
Arkansas Baptist College
Philander Smith College
Shorter College
U of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Delaware State College
District of Columbia
Howard University
University of DC
Bethune Cookman College
Edward Waters College
Florida A&M University
Florida Memorial College
Albany State College
Atlanta University
Clark College
Fort Valley State College
Interdenominational Theol Cntr
Morehouse College
Morris Brown College
Paine College
Savannah State College
Spelman College
Kentucky State University
Dillard University
Grambling State University
Southern University A&M
Southern U at New Orleans
Southern U at Shreveport
Xavier University of Louisiana
Bowie State College
Coppin State College
Morgan State University
U of Maryland-Eastern Shore
Lewis College of Business

Alcorn State University
Coahoma Junior College
Jackson State University
Mary Holmes College
Mississippi Valley State U
Prentiss Normal and Ind Inst
Rust College
Tougaloo College
Hinds Junior Coll (Utica Jr Coll)
Lincoln University
Harris-Stowe State College
North Carolina
Barber-Scotia College
Bennett College
Elizabeth City State University
Fayetteville State University
Johnson C. Smith University
Livingstone College
NC A&T State University
NC Central University
Saint Augustine’s College
Shaw University
Winston-Salem State University

Central State University
Wilberforce University
Langston University
Cheyney State University
Lincoln University
South Carolina
Allen University
Benedict College
Claflin College
Clinton Junior College
Denmark Technical College
Morris College
South Carolina State College
Voorhees College
Fisk University
Knoxville College
Lane College
LeMoyne-Owen College
Meharry Medical College
Morristown College
Tennessee State University
Huston-Tillotson College
Jarvis Christian College
Paul Quinn College
Prairie View A&M University
Saint Philip’s College
Southwestern Christian College
Texas College
Texas Southern University
Wiley College
U.S. Virgin Islands

College of the Virgin Islands
Hamptop University
Norfolk State University
Saint Paul’s College
Virginia State University
Virginia Union University
West Virginia
Bluefield State College
West Virginia State College

March 06, 2017

13780: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States

This order revokes E.O. 13769, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States. This order then expressly excludes from the suspension categories of aliens those that have prompted the judicial opposition. The original suspended countries were Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Now excluded is Iraq. The order also allows for a more thorough vetting of waivers from citizens of those countries, along with a more rigorous set of criteria for identifying those to whom the exclusions apply. The order identifies sample cases for which waivers might apply. The foreign national…

  • has been admitted to the US, but is away on the date of this order
  • seeks entry to visit or reside with a close family member who is a citizen, lawful resident, or is on a visa
  • is an infant, a young child or adoptee, or someone with a medical need
  • has been employed by the US Government or is a dependent of a member of the US Government
  • is traveling in support of an eligible international organization
  • is currently living lawfully in Canada
  • is a sponsored exchange student

The order also limits the entry of refugees in FY 2017 to 50,000. Every person seeking a non-diplomatic Visa will now be subject to an in-person interview.

March 13, 2017

13781: Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch

This order directs the OMB to submit a plan, within 180 days, to reorganize governmental functions and to eliminate unnecessary agencies within the Executive Branch. The order also establishes the following criteria to which, at a minimum, the OMB will apply. Determine…

  • if the functions would better fit State or local governments
  • whether the functions are redundant
  • whether the administrative support structures are redundant
  • if the costs of operation are justified by the public benefits
  • the costs of shutting down, merging, or otherwise transforming said agencies


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