- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 13, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with senior Defense Department officials at the Pentagon.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Censusreleases the manufacturing and trade: inventories and sales for October. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

1 p.m. —Energy Information Administrationreleases its weekly heating oil, propane residential and wholesale price data report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. Internal Revenue Serviceholds a meeting of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Earned Income Tax Credit Issue Committee to solicit public comments, ideas and suggestions on improving customer service. Location: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 888/912-1227 or 718/488-2085.

11 a.m. —Federal Communications Commissionholds a meeting of the Advisory Committee for the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference to continue preparations for conference. Location: FCC, 445 12th St. SW, Room TW-C305. Contact: 202/418-7501.

SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

Stands adjourned. The 110th Congress convenes at noon, Jan. 4. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Stands adjourned. The 110th Congress convenes at noon, Jan. 4. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Accountants conference — all day The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants holds its National Conference on Current Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) developments. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Laura Phillips, PCAOB; Nancy Salisbury, SEC; and Bradley Sparks, Visualant Inc., discuss “In-Depth SOX 404 Issues,” referring to Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

Noon — Chad Kokenge, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Allison Spivey, SEC, discuss “Status Report on Backdating and 123R.”

Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 202/434-9220.

Israel and NATO — 9 a.m. The New America Foundation (NAF) holds a discussion, “Should Israel Join NATO?” Ralf Fuecks, Heinrich Boll Foundation; and Daniel Levy and Steven Clemons, NAF, participate. Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW, seventh floor. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Iraq discussion — 10:30 a.m. The United States Institute of Peace holds a discussion on the situation in Iraq. Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican; Ellen Laipson, Henry L. Stimson Center; and Charles Freeman, Middle East Policy Council, participate. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/429-3828.

Health care coverage — 11 a.m. Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, holds a press conference to announce a proposal to provide affordable, high-quality private health coverage to all Americans. Andy Stern, Service Employees International Union; Steven Burd, Safeway Inc.; and Ron Pollack, Families USA, participate. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1170.

Press conference — 11:30 a.m. Rep. Steve Buyer, Indiana Republican, and Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson hold a press conference on information technology at the Veterans Affairs Department. Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5037.

Congressional oversight — 11:30 a.m. The Georgetown University Law Center hosts a discussion with Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, on “Ensuring Liberty and Security Through Checks and Balances: A Fresh Start for the Senate Judiciary Committee in the New 110th Congress.” Location: Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/662-9519.

Health records — noon America’s Health Insurance Plans, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, and the National Health Council hold a briefing to announce a new personal health record model. Myrl Weinberg, National Health Council; Ronald Williams, Aetna Inc.; and William J. Marino, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, participate. Location: Hotel Monaco, 700 F St. NW, Athens Room. Contact: 202/778-3245.

Health legislation — noon The Alliance for Health Reform holds a press conference, “Health Legislation 2007-08.” Bridgett Taylor, Democratic staff member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Mark Hayes, Republican health policy director for the Senate Finance Committee, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, First Amendment Lounge. Contact: 202/789-2300.

World disaster report — 2 p.m. The National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a press conference on the release of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ World Disaster Report 2006, “Forgotten Emergencies.” Peter Walker, Feinstein International Famine Center at Tufts University, participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Federal housing assistance — 2 p.m. The New America Foundation (NAF) holds a discussion, “Rethinking Federal Housing Assistance: New Ideas to Break the Policy Stalemate.” Steve Redburn, formerly of the Office of Management and Budget, and Jeffrey Lubell, National Housing Conference, participate. Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW, seventh floor. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Border protection — 6 p.m. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) holds its Trade Symposium 2006.

Highlight — 6 p.m. — CBP Commissioner W. Ralph Basham delivers commencement remarks.

Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/344-1780.

Event — 6:30 p.m. The U.S. Global Leadership Campaign (USGLC) holds an event to honor retiring Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, Maryland Democrat, and Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican, for their commitment to U.S. global engagement. George Ingram, USGLC, and Stephen Moseley, Academy for Educational Development, participate. Location: Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M St. NW. Contact: 202/730-4157.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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