October Quite a Month

Although seven actions are dated September 30, they were only posted to the website late yesterday or earlier today. Apparently October is a popular month for being proclaimed something or other month. Most prominent is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Over the last three days no fewer than six proclamations have been signed.

One of the items listed as a proclamation was really just an announcement of intent to nominate personnel to key administration posts. Normally these announcements are posted elsewhere on the website, so I do not consider it a genuine proclamation.

In addition to the proclamations, two memoranda to the Secretary of State are posted. One is related to Child Soldiers Prevention and the other to Trafficking in Persons.

Proclamations that are self-explanatory: dated September 30

Dated October 1 – Statement from President Donald J. Trump on National Dyslexia Awareness Month

Dated October 2 – Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada


Five Actions September 29

A flurry of actions – signing of two memoranda, two executive orders, and one proclamation – on Friday closes out the month of September.

The first memorandum, to the Secretary of State, determines the total number of refugees allowed in Fiscal Year 2018. This is routine, although the number of “up to 45,000 refugees” seemed low, so I compared it with last year (signed by President Obama) and that was for “up to 110,000 refugees”. So, this year’s determination is significantly lower. I guess that is one way to limit Muslims from entering the country. [Ed. Note: I thought the timing of this decision was a bit strange until I remembered the Federal fiscal years are October 1 through September 30.]

The other memorandum is for the Secretary of State, Secretary of Treasury and Director of National Intelligence and is a routine delegation of responsibility.

One executive order is routine continuance of certain Federal advisory committees, and the other is a revocation of a 2009 executive order that created Labor-Management advisory committees claiming they have failed to do what they were intended to do – increase collaboration in the Federal workforce.

The proclamation posted here is self-explanatory.

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Memoranda, executive orders and proclamation dated September 29, 2017