- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 17, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Signs the United States-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act, East Room of the White House. Meets with Jewish leaders, Roosevelt Room of the White House. Participates in a ceremonial swearing-in for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates at the Pentagon. Speaks at a Hanukkah reception in the Bookseller’s Area of the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Economic Analysisreleases the figures on U.S. international transactions for the third quarter. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.

11 a.m. —Bureau of Transportation Statisticsreleases the airline financial data for the third quarter. Location: 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/366-5580.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

2 p.m. Legal Services Corp.holds a meeting by teleconference of the board of directors on whether to give the chairman of the board the authority to negotiate a two-year extension of Helaine M. Barnett’s term of employment as president of the Legal Services Corp., consider and act on other business and public comment. Contact: 202/295-1500.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

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

HOUSE

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

GENERAL AGENDA

Swearing-in — 10 a.m. The Treasury Department holds a swearing-in ceremony for Assistant Treasury Secretary for Financial Markets Anthony Ryan. Participants include Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson and Treasury Undersecretary for Domestic Finance Robert Steel. Location: Treasury Department, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Cash Room. Contact: 202/622-2960.

Fed meeting — 10 a.m. The Federal Reserve System Board of Governors holds a meeting to consider proposed joint rules implementing the “broker” exceptions for banks to the Financial Modernization Act of 1999 (also known as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act), which protects consumers’ personal information held by financial institutions. Location: Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building, 20th Street entrance between Constitution Avenue and C Street Northwest. Contact: 202/452-2955.

Congo discussion — 10 a.m. The Brookings Institution holds a discussion, “The Way Forward in the Democratic Republic of Congo.” Participants include William Swing, special representative of the U.N. secretary-general in Congo, and Michael O’Hanlon and Susan Rice of Brookings. Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Flu strategy — 10 a.m. The National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a press conference, “Preparing for a Pandemic: The National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza,” with White House Homeland Security Adviser Frances Townsend. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Black Sea economics — noon The Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion, “Economic Cooperation in the Black Sea Region: History and Prospects,” with Tedo Japaridze, former secretary-general of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Council. Location: WWC, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Foreclosures — noon Women in Housing and Finance holds a discussion, “A Look at Foreclosures from Two Perspectives.” Participants include Morgan Rose of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Marietta Rodriguez, director of National Homeownership Programs for NeighborWorks America. Location: Kilpatrick and Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP, 1601 K St. NW. Contact: 703/683-4742.

Diplomatic options toward Iran — 12:15 p.m. The New America Foundation holds a discussion, “Dealing with Tehran: Assessing U.S. Diplomatic Options Toward Iran.” Participants include Flynt Leverett, senior fellow, and Steven Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program at NAF. Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW, seventh floor. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Flu discussion — 2 p.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion on the just-completed Bamako Conference on Avian and Pandemic Influenza. Participants include John Lange, special representative on avian and pandemic influenza for the State Department; and Kent Hill, assistant administrator of the Bureau of Global Health for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Location: CSIS, B-1 conference level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Map system — 3 p.m. Deputy Interior Secretary Lynn Scarlet hosts a demonstration of the current and future benefits of Landfire, a state-of-the-art Geographic Information Systems project. The Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools Project produces consistent and comprehensive maps and data describing vegetation, wildland fuel and site characteristics across the United States. Participants include Dave Tenny, deputy undersecretary of agriculture for natural resources and the environment, and Allan Fitzsimmons, Office of Wildland Fire Coordination, Interior Department. Location: Interior Department, 1849 C St. NW. Room 5160. Contact: 202/208-6416.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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