- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 20, 2008

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham of the Bahamas, Prime Minister David Thompson of Barbados and Prime Minister Dean Barrow of Belize in the Cabinet Room of the White House. Departs for Camp David.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statisticsreleases the unemployment insurance claims for the week. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-5902.

1 p.m. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.releases its weekly survey on fixed-rate mortgages. Location: 8200 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. Contact: 703/903-2000.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. Commission of Fine Artsholds a meeting with items of discussion that may include buildings, parks and memorials. Location: National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW, Suite 312. Contact: 202/504-2200.

10 a.m. National Institutes of Healthholds a meeting to seek public comment regarding implementation of the NIH Revised Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications Resulting From NIH-Funded Research. Location: NIH Natcher Conference Center, 9000 Rockville Pike, Building 45, Main Auditorium, Bethesda. Contact: 301/435-1215.

2 p.m. Office of Personnel Managementholds a meeting of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee to review the Prevailing Rate System and other matters pertinent to establishing prevailing rates. Location: Office of Personnel Management building, 1900 E St. NW, Room 5A06A. Contact: 202/606-2838.

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.

HOUSE

Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEE

2:30 p.m. Education and Laborhealth, employment, labor and pensions subcommittee holds a field hearing on the “Preexisting Condition Exclusion Patient Protection Act of 2007.” Nancy Davenport-Ennis, chief executive officer of the National Patient Advocate Foundation, and John Farrell, founder of J.J. Farrell Associates in Cheshire, Conn., testify. Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Ave, Room 1-D, Hartford, Conn. Contact: 202/226-0853.

GENERAL AGENDA

Meeting — all day The Energy Facility Contractor’s Group holds its 2008 Executive Council Meeting. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8:15 a.m. — Robert Smolen of the National Nuclear Security Administration delivers remarks on “NNSA Plans and Priorities for the Future.”

Noon — Annual awards presentation

Location: L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L’Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 858/792-6031.

Sea-Air-Space Conference — all day The Navy League holds its Sea-Air-Space Conference. Events begin at 9:30 a.m.

Highlights — 9:30 a.m. — John Thackrah, acting assistant secretary of the Navy; Michael Tangora, deputy assistant commandant for acquisition for the Coast Guard; and Navy Vice Adm. David Venlet, commander of the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, participate in a seminar on “Acquisition Outlook and Priorities.”

Noon — Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter delivers remarks during the Secretary of the Navy luncheon.

Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 703/312-1587.

Event — 8:30 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research continues its Election Watch 2008 series, to discuss the latest campaign developments. Michael Barone, Karlyn Bowman, John Fortier, Norman Ornstein and James Glassman of AEI participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Discussion — 8:30 a.m. The Fleishman-Hillard International Advisory Board holds a discussion on “Assessing the Priorities for the Next Administration.” Former Sen. Jim Talent, Missouri Republican; former Rep. Max Sandlin, Texas Democrat; and former California Gov. Pete Wilson, a Republican, participate. Location: Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, State Room. Contact: 202/828-8828.

Presentation — 9 a.m. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development holds a presentation on “Re-regulating Financial Markets: The Views of Labor in the OECD.” John Evans, general secretary of the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD, and David Smith, chief economist at the House Financial Services Committee, participate. Location: 2169 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/785-6323.

“Economic Mobility in America” — 9 a.m. The Brookings Institution holds a discussion on “Economic Mobility in America.” Isabel Sawhill, senior fellow of economic studies at the Brookings Institution, and John Morton, director of the Economic Mobility Project at the Pew Charitable Trusts, participate. Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Water availability — 10 a.m. The Environmental and Energy Study Institute holds a briefing on “Water Availability: A Matter of Quantity, Quality and Use.” Rep. Grace F. Napolitano, California Democrat, and David Anning, National Water Quality Assessment scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey, participate. Location: HC-5, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/628-1400.

NATO discussion — 10 a.m. The National Press Club Morning Newsmaker Program holds a discussion on “NATO 2008: Is the Alliance Ready to Face New Challenges? Expectations from Bucharest?” Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Volker of the Office of European and Eurasian Affairs and Romanian Ambassador to the U.S. Adrian Vierita participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Zenger Room. Contact: 301/530-1210 or 202/332-4829, Ext. 151.

Press conference — 11 a.m. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland Democrat; Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat; Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett; and Montgomery County Fire Chief Tom Carr hold a press conference, beginning at 11 a.m., to announce $1.3 million fire grant award for Montgomery County first responders. Location: Rockville Volunteer Fire Department, 121 Rollins Ave.. Contact: 202/228-1122.

Surge in Iraq — noon The Center for American Progress holds a discussion on “Debating the Surge in Iraq.” Retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert Scales and Andrew Bacevich, professor at Boston University, participate. Location: CAP, 1333 H St. NW, 10th floor. Contact: 202/741-6246.

Webcast — 12:30 p.m. The Kaiser Family Foundation holds a webcastto discuss tax subsidies and health insurance. Larry Levitt, vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Katherine Baicker, professor of health economics at the Harvard School of Public Health, participate. Contact: 202/347-5270.

Event — 2 p.m. Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno holds a meeting with Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham of the Bahamas, Prime Minister David Thompson of Barbados and Prime Minister Dean Barrow of Belize. Location: IDB, 1300 New York Ave. NW. Contact: 202/623-2407.

Forum — 2 p.m. The Progressive Policy Institute holds a forum on “Is the Religious Right a Spent Political Force?” E.J. Dionne, columnist at The Washington Post and author of “Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith & Politics After the Religious Right,” and Michael Gerson, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, participate. Location: 2105 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/547-0001.

“Turkey’s Kurdish Conundrum” — 3:30 p.m. The Brookings Institution’s Center on the United States and Europe holds a discussion on “Turkey’s Kurdish Conundrum.” Hasan Cemal, senior columnist for the Turkish daily newspaper Milliyet, and O. Faruk Logoglu, president of the Eurasian Strategic Studies Center, participate. Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Thailand-U.S. relations — 4:30 p.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion on “Thai-U.S. Relations in the Changing Political and Economic Landscape of Southeast Asia,” with Noppadon Pattama, foreign minister of Thailand. Location: CSIS, 1800 K St. NW, B-1 Conference Level. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Seminar — 4:30 p.m. The Washington International Trade Association holds a seminar on trade promotion coordination, the third installment of a nine part 2008 Professional Development Series. Pat Kirwan of the Commerce Department’s Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee and Dale Miller of the Agriculture Department’s Foreign Agricultural Service participate. Location: WITA, Meridian Suites, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/312-1600.

Muslim women and violent Jihad — 6:30 p.m. The International Spy Museum holds a discussion on “The Bomber Behind the Veil: Muslim Women and Violent Jihad.” Location: International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. Contact: 202/654-2843.

Discussion — 6:30 p.m. The Smithsonian National Postal Museum holds a discussion on “Green Ways to Move the Mail: A Challenge for the New Century.” Nancy Pope, historian and curator of the National Postal Museum, and Bert Drake, senior scientist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, participate. Location: National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/633-5192 or 202/633-5530.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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