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Executive Order on Providing an Order of Succession Within the Environmental Protection Agency

The White House Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2021

EXECUTIVE ORDER

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PROVIDING AN ORDER OF SUCCESSION WITHIN THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, as amended, 5 U.S.C. 3345 et seq. (the “Act”), it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Order of Succession. Subject to the provisions of section 2 of this order, and to the limitations set forth in the Act, the following officials of the Environmental Protection Agency, in the order listed, shall act as and perform the functions and duties of the office of the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (Administrator) during any period in which the Administrator and the Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency have died, resigned, or otherwise become unable to perform the functions and duties of the office of Administrator:

(a) General Counsel;

(b) Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste (also known as the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Land and Emergency Management);

(c) Assistant Administrator for Toxic Substances (also known as the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention);

(d) Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation;

(e) Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water;

(f) Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance;

(g) Chief Financial Officer;

(h) Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development;

(i) Assistant Administrator for the Office of International and Tribal Affairs;

(j) Assistant Administrator for the Office of Mission Support;

(k) Associate Deputy Administrator for Programs;

(l) Associate Deputy Administrator;

(m) Regional Administrator, Region VIII;

(n) Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Mission Support;

(o) Deputy Regional Administrator, Region VIII;

(p) Principal Deputy General Counsel; and

(q) Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.

Sec. 2. Exceptions. (a) No individual who is serving in an office listed in section 1(a)-(q) of this order in an acting capacity shall, by virtue of so serving, act as Administrator pursuant to this order.

(b) No individual listed in section 1(a)-(q) of this order shall act as Administrator unless that individual is otherwise eligible to so serve under the Act.

(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of this order, the President retains discretion, to the extent permitted by law, to depart from this order in designating an acting Administrator.

Sec. 3. Revocation. Executive Order 13763 of January 13, 2017 (Providing an Order of Succession Within the Environmental Protection Agency), is hereby revoked.

Sec. 4. General Provision. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE, January 8, 2021.

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Executive Order on Adjustments of Certain Rates of Pay

The White House Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 31, 2020

EXECUTIVE ORDER ADJUSTMENTS OF CERTAIN RATES OF PAY

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Statutory Pay Systems. The rates of basic pay or salaries of the statutory pay systems (as defined in 5 U.S.C. 5302(1)), as adjusted under 5 U.S.C. 5303, are set forth on the schedules attached hereto and made a part hereof:

(a) The General Schedule (5 U.S.C. 5332(a)) at Schedule 1;

(b) The Foreign Service Schedule (22 U.S.C. 3963) at Schedule 2; and

(c) The schedules for the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs (38 U.S.C. 7306, 7404; section 301(a) of Public Law 102

40) at Schedule 3.

Sec. 2. Senior Executive Service. The ranges of rates of basic pay for senior executives in the Senior Executive Service, as established pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 5382, are set forth on Schedule 4 attached hereto and made a part hereof.

Sec. 3. Certain Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Salaries. The rates of basic pay or salaries for the following offices and positions are set forth on the schedules attached hereto and made a part hereof:

(a) The Executive Schedule (5 U.S.C. 5312

5318) at Schedule 5;

(b) The Vice President (3 U.S.C. 104) and the Congress (2 U.S.C. 4501) at Schedule 6; and

(c) Justices and judges (28 U.S.C. 5, 44(d), 135, 252, and 461(a)) at Schedule 7.

Sec. 4. Uniformed Services. The rates of monthly basic pay (37 U.S.C. 203(a)) for members of the uniformed services, as adjusted under 37 U.S.C. 1009, and the rate of monthly cadet or midshipman pay (37 U.S.C. 203(c)) are set forth on Schedule 8 attached hereto and made a part hereof.

Sec. 5. Locality-Based Comparability Payments.

(a) Pursuant to section 5304 of title 5, United States Code, and my authority to implement an alternative level of comparability payments under section 5304 a of title 5, United States Code, locality-based comparability payments shall be paid in accordance with Schedule 9 attached hereto and made a part hereof.

(b) The Director of the Office of Personnel Management shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement these payments and to publish appropriate notice of such payments in the Federal Register.

Sec. 6. Administrative Law Judges. Pursuant to section 5372 of title 5, United States Code, the rates of basic pay for administrative law judges are set forth on Schedule 10 attached hereto and made a part hereof.

Sec. 7. Effective Dates. Schedule 8 is effective January 1, 2021. The other schedules contained herein are effective on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2021.

Sec. 8. Prior Order Superseded. Executive Order 13901 of December 26, 2019, is superseded as of the effective dates specified in section 7 of this order.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE, December 31, 2020.

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New Stay-At-Home Order From Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Blocks Gardening, Home Repairs and Fishing

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended the stay-at-home executive order on Thursday, adding many new restrictions to the new order, effective until April 30th, causing the garden area to be completely closed at the Wal-Mart on Corunna Road in Flint, Michigan on Saturday.

These new restrictions include forcing retailers to block off access to gardening supplies, home improvement supplies and any other non-essential areas of their store. These restrictions have been met with heavy resistance from both the public and other politicians in the state. At the local Wal-Mart in Flint on Saturday, access to the gardening area was blocked off and many signs were up throughout the home improvement areas saying these items could not be sold in store. What happens if someone needs to perform essential repairs to their home from an emergency situation? Ordering online may delay things and cause more damage when time is an issue.

Paint was also prohibited from being sold at the same WalMart on Saturday

Access to other areas that contained non-essential items remained open, however. Video games and electronics were wide open with no signs or blockades anywhere along with their entire makeup section and jewelry section. The store manager was not available for comment.

The video game aisle contained no signs restricting sales at the same WalMart
Is eyeliner an essential item when seeds are not?

Facebook and Twitter were saturated with posts and complaints about this new policy. They all appear to be at least 90% negative towards the new order, which also prohibits citizens from fishing and traveling between their own residences, which seems to have no logical ground. There is no evidence or research currently showing any risk from traveling in your own vehicle.

Governor Whitmer has not responded to these issues yet.

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