- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 17, 2008

PRESIDENT BUSH

No events are scheduled.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Census Bureaureleases a report on residential construction for December. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

10:30 a.m. Energy Information Administrationreleases its weekly natural gas storage report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. Office of Personnel Management holds a meeting of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee. Location: OPM, 1900 E St. NW. Contact: 202/606-2838.

4 p.m. — National Council on Disability holds a meeting of the Youth Advisory Committee. Location: NCD, 1331 F St. NW, Suite 850. Contact: 202/272-2004.

SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-321.

SENATE

Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

11:30 a.m. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committeeholds a field hearing on the home heating crisis. Margaret Gilliam, resident of Dorchester, Mass., and Diane Colby, resident of Lynn, Mass., testify. Location: 178 Tremont St., Boston. Contact: 202/224-5375.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the HOPE VI Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2007. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Armed Services Committeeholds a hearing on Iraqi security forces. Army Lt. Gen. James Dubik, commanding general of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq in Baghdad, testifies. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.

10 a.m. Judiciaryimmigration, citizenship, refugees, border security and international law subcommittee holds a hearing, “Naturalization Delays: Causes, Consequences and Solutions.” Emilio Gonzalez, director of U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services, and Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund, testify. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

10 a.m. Oversight and Government Reform Committeeholds a hearing, “Assessing Veterans’ Charities — Part II.” Roger Chapin, president of Help Hospitalized Veterans Inc. and the Coalition to Support America’s Heroes Foundation, and Richard Viguerie, president of American Target Advertising, participate. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5051.

GENERAL AGENDA

Seminar — 8:15 a.m. The National Press Foundation, the Center on Congress and the Regional Reporters Association hold a seminar for the press on the federal budget, the congressional appropriations process and earmarks.

Highlights — 8:45 a.m. — Former Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, Indiana Democrat, director of the International Center for Scholars, delivers remarks.

9 a.m. — U.S. Comptroller General David Walker of the Government Accountability Office delivers remarks.

10:15 a.m. — James Horney, director of federal fiscal policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Rob Nabors, majority staff director of the House Appropriations Committee; Donald Wolfensberger, director of the Wilson Center Congress Project; and Mary Naylor, staff director of the Senate Budget Committee, discuss “Budget and Appropriations: Who Holds the Cards?”

12:15 p.m. — Bill Allison of the Sunlight Foundation, David Clarke of Congressional Quarterly, Martin Kady of Politico and Linda Topping Streitfeld of the National Press Foundation participate in a discussion, “The Ongoing Story: Bringing the Budget Home.”

Location: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, One Woodrow Wilson Center Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Winter meeting — 9:30 a.m. The Republican National Committee holds its 2008 winter meeting, “Leadership We Can Trust.”

Highlights — 9:30 a.m. — The Standing Committee on Rules meets.

2 p.m. — House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, delivers welcoming remarks.

Location: Capital Hilton, 16th and K streets Northwest. Contact: 202/863-8614.

Climate policy briefing — 9:30 a.m. The Environmental and Energy Study Institute holds a briefing, “Beyond CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy): Tackling Transportation in Climate Policy.” Chelsea Maxwell, legislative assistant for Sen. John W. Warner, Virginia Republican; and David Greene, research fellow at the Center for Transportation Analysis at the Oakridge National Laboratory, participate. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/628-1400.

EAC meeting — 10 a.m. The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) meets to install new officers for 2008, vote on changes to the national voter registration form and a new organizational chart and to receive briefings on budget, advisory boards and an election data collection grant program. Location: EAC, 1225 New York Ave., Suite 150. Contact: 202/566-3100.

Public service program — 10 a.m. The Partnership for Public Service holds a press conference and panel discussion on the new program, “FedExperience Transitions to Government,” and the report, “A Golden Opportunity: Recruiting Baby Boomers to Government.” Max Stier, president and chief executive officer of the Partnership for Public Service, and Linda Springer, director of the Office of Personnel Management, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Murrow Room. Contact: 202/775-9111.

Women’s council — 10:15 a.m. First lady Laura Bush delivers remarks at the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council meeting. Location: Georgetown University, 37th and O streets Northwest, Riggs Library, third floor, Healy Hall. Contact: 202/456-6313.

Conservation remarks — 11 a.m. Acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner and Farm Service Agency Administrator Teresa Lasseter deliver remarks on a “milestone” in conservation programs by the Agriculture Department. Location: Agriculture Department, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, patio. Contact: 202/720-4623.

NASA’s 50th anniversary — 12:30 p.m. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration holds an address by Google Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt on the benefits of technology, innovation and space exploration to honor NASA’s 50th anniversary. House Science and Technology Chairman Bart Gordon, Tennessee Democrat, participates. Location: Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/358-1761.

American trade agenda — 12:30 p.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC) discusses “Next Steps for the American Trade Agenda.” U.S. Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs Tim Stratford and former U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP participate. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Manufacturers summit — 1 p.m. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) holds an Environmental Sustainability Summit for the Food, Beverage and Consumer Products Industry.

Highlights — 1 p.m. — Former Rep. Cal Dooley, California Democrat, president and chief executive officer of GMA, delivers welcoming remarks.

2 p.m. — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson delivers keynote remarks.

Location: Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd St. NW. Contact: 202/295-3950.

Renewable energy — 1:30 p.m. The U.S. Energy Association (USEA) and BP America hold an energy newsmaker event to discuss 2007-08 renewable energy and climate legislation. Dave Hamilton, director of the Global Warming and Energy Program at the Sierra Club, and Randy Swisher, executive director of the American Wind Energy Association, participate. Location: USEA, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 550. Contact: 202/312-1505.

North Korea problem — 2:30 p.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) discusses “The North Korean Problem: Toward a Diplomatic Solution in 2008?” Jay Lefkowitz of the State Department and Larry Niksch of the Congressional Research Service participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Globalization lecture — 4 p.m. The Library of Congress holds a lecture, “Economic Globalization in the Mirror of the Past,” with Herman Van der Wee, chairman of countries and cultures of the north at LOC. Location: LOC, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Contact: 202/707-2692.

Military health care — 6 p.m. Women in Technology discusses “Women at the Helm of Military Health Care: Four CIOs Share Their Views.” Col. Vaseal Lewis, chief information officer of the U.S. Army Medical Department, and Col. Lee Harford, chief information officer of the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General, participate. Location: Hilton McLean, 7920 Jones Branch Drive. Contact: 202/361-2891.

South Korea — 6:45 p.m. Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) discusses “At the Hub of Asia: Confronting South Korea’s Future Under President-Elect Lee,” with Donald Kirk, author of two books on the Korean economy and former correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor and CBS News. Location: SAIS, Bernstein-Offit Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room 500. Contact: 202/663-5626.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times