- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 8, 2007

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Health policy — 1 p.m. — The Brookings Institution holds a discussion, “New Directions in Health Policy: A Discussion of the President’s Tax-Based Health Insurance Proposals.” Participants include Kate Baicker of the Council of Economic Advisers and Robert Reischauer, Linda Blumberg, C. Eugene Steuerle and Len Burman of the Urban Institute. Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Effects of communism — 2 p.m. — The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars holds a discussion, “Documenting the Effects of Communism 15 Years After the Collapse of the USSR.” Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

PRESIDENT BUSH

No public events scheduled.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — World Agricultural Outlook Board releases the world agricultural supply and demand estimates. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/720-5447.

5 p.m. — Energy Information Administration releases its weekly coal production report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. — Commission on Civil Rights holds a meeting to consider issues on “Domestic Wiretapping in the War on Terror.” Location: 624 Ninth St. NW. Room 540. Contact: 202/376-8312.

11 a.m. — Technical Guidelines Development Committee holds a meeting by teleconference of its Working Subcommittees on Human Factors & Privacy, Security & Transparency, and Core Requirements & Testing to review and discuss progress on tasks defined in resolutions defining technical work tasks for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. They will assist the committee in developing recommendations for voluntary voting system guidelines. Location: None given. Contact: 301/975-5099.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEE

9:30 a.m. — Armed Services Committee holds a briefing on the Defense Department inspector general’s report on the activities of the Office of Special Plans prior to the war in Iraq. Acting Defense Department Inspector General Thomas Gimble briefs the committee. Location: 222 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

HOUSE

In session. No votes are expected. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9 a.m. — Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2008 budget for the Homeland Security Department. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff testifies. Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-2616.

10 a.m. — Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on “Allegations of Waste, Fraud and Abuse in Pharmaceutical Pricing: Financial Impacts on Federal Health Programs and the Federal Taxpayer.” Steven Schondelmeyer, Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy; and Gerald Anderson, Center for Hospital Finance and Management Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5051.

GENERAL AGENDA

Agriculture conference — all day — The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture holds its Midyear 2007 Conference. Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlight — 8:30 a.m. — Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns delivers remarks during the general session, “Focus on 2007 Farm Bill: Administration Perspectives”

Location: The Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/296-9680.

Universal broadband — 8:30 a.m. — The Alliance for Public Technology holds its Annual Policy Forum on “Achieving Universal Broadband: Models for Stimulating Deployment and Demand.” Rep. Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Democrat; and Charles Benton, Benton Foundation, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/263-2970.

European Union — 9 a.m. — The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) hosts a discussion on “EU Agriculture in the Globalization Era,” with Mariann Fischer, EU commissioner for agriculture and rural development. Location: CEIP, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/939-2372.

U.N. reform 9 a.m. — —The Georgetown University Law Center holds a conference on U.N. reform.

Highlights 9:10 a.m.— D. Moyo, deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of South Africa, delivers remarks.

Noon— Peter Ogego, former Kenyan high commissioner to Canada, delivers remarks.

12:15 p.m.— Lee Feinstein, Council on Foreign Relations

Location: Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/662-9519.

—Civil rights — 9 a.m. — The Commission on Civil Rights holds a meeting to discuss program planning for fiscal 2009, an affirmative action in law schools briefing report, and issues on domestic wiretapping in the war on terrorism. Location: 624 Ninth St. NW. Room 540. Contact: 202/376-8312

European Union security — 10 a.m. — The Woodrow Wilson Center holds a Director’s Forum with Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, “Security and Insecurity in the EU Neighborhood: In Search of Solutions.” Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Voter suppression — 10 a.m. — People for the American Way and the NAACP sponsor a forum on “Voter Suppression in the 21st Century: What Happens and How to Stop It.” Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie; Michael Strautmanis, chief counsel; Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat; and Daniel Tokaji, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, participate. Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/467-4999.

Transportation funding — 11:15 a.m. — The National Governors Association holds a discussion on “How Are States Meeting the Transportation Funding Challenge?” Govs. Ed G. Rendell, Pennsylvania Democrat; and Mitch Daniels, Indiana Republican, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/624-5348.

Corporate responsibility — 12:30 p.m. — The Center for American Progress and Democracy: A Journal of Ideas hold a discussion on “Does Corporate Social Responsibility Work?” Aaron Chatterji, Duke University; Dan Feldman, Foley Hoag LLP; and Mila Rosenthal, Amnesty International, participate. Location: CAP, 1333 H St. NW. 10th floor. Contact: 202/741-6388.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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