- The Washington Times - Friday, October 26, 2001

Homeland Security Task Force meeting 8 a.m. The National Association of Counties (NACo) hosts the first meeting of the NACo Homeland Security Task Force to determine how to provide a direct link to federal agencies, especially the new White House Office of Homeland Security. Highlights: 8 a.m., District Mayor Anthony A. Williams; 8:30 a.m., Michael Brown, deputy director and general counsel of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); 9 a.m., Larry Thompson, deputy attorney general; 10 a.m., Patrick Libbey, president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials; 10:45 a.m., Ruben Barrales, director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs; 1 p.m., Larry Naake, NACo executive director, Homeland Security Survey data presentation; 1:30 p.m., Tom Ridge, director of the White House Office of Homeland Security. Location: Eighth Floor, Public Technology Inc., 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/942-4220.
Smart growth symposium 8:30 a.m. The National Building Museum and the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association present a symposium, "Seeking Smart Growth in the Washington Metropolitan Area." Highlights: 12:15 p.m., Gov. Parris N. Glendening, Maryland Democrat, luncheon keynote speaker, "Smart Growth Leadership for the 21st Century." Location: National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Contact: 202/272-2448.

To be announced.

10 a.m. Census Bureau releases report on new one-family houses sold and for sale for September 2001. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

8:30 a.m. National Science Foundation holds a meeting of the advisory committee for geosciences, committee of visitors for the instrumentation and facilities program in the division of earth sciences. Location: Room 770, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. Contact: 703/292-8558.

Not immediately available. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

9:30 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds a closed meeting for members. Location: Capitol, Room S-407. Contact: 202/224-3871.

Not in session. No committee meetings are scheduled. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

American Federation of Teachers conference all day The American Federation of Teachers holds a civil and human rights conference. Location: Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/879-4458.
Conservative leadership conference 8:30 a.m. The 60 Plus Association, the Free Congress Foundation and others present the 13th annual Conservative Leadership Conference, "Conservative Governance for the 21st Century."
Highlights 9 a.m. Rep. Tom DeLay, Texas Republican, "Is Our Conservative Coalition in Congress Ready to Lead?"
10:20 a.m. Richard Viguerie, president of ConservativeHQ.com, "The Conservative Movement, How Far Have We Come?"
11 a.m. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, Maryland Republican, "The United States Constitution As Good as It Ever Was."
11:25 a.m. Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, "Campaign Finance 'Reform' Giving Your Right to Speak to Ted Turner."
3:25 p.m. Rep. John Doolittle, California Republican, "Energy Policy and Environmentalism: A Matter of National Security."
4:15 p.m. Steve Forbes, CEO of Forbes magazine, "What's Next for Our Economy."
Location: Hilton Hotel Crystal City, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 800/827-5323.
Arab-U.S. relations colloquium 8:30 a.m. The University of Maryland hosts a roundtable colloquium to discuss reactions by Arab and U.S. graduate students to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and implications for Arab-U.S. relations. Location: Inn and Conference Center, University of Maryland, 3501 University Boulevard, College Park. Contact: 202/776-9612 or 301/405-4622. Note: RSVP required.
Citizens for a Sound Economy forum 8:30 a.m. Citizens for a Sound Economy present a forum on the importance of congressional action to restore confidence in the economy. The speaker is Colorado Gov. Bill Owens. Location: 1250 H St. NW. Contact: 202/942-7692.
Energy report discussion 8:30 a.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies presents a discussion on the International Energy Agency report, "The World Energy Outlook 2001: Insights Assessing Today's Supplies to Fuel Tomorrow's Growth." Location: B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.
Israel discussion 9 a.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) presents a discussion, "Israel's Enemies are Within." The speaker is Uri Avnery, founder of Gush Shalom, Israel's Peace Bloc. Location: Rome Auditorium, Rome Building, SAIS, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.
Digital television conference 9:30 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research presents a conference, "What Should the Government Do About the Transition to Digital Television?" Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-5800.
Panama Canal conference 10 a.m. Georgetown University's Latin American Student Association hosts a conference, "The Panama Canal in the 21st Century: A Waterway at the Service of the Maritime Industry." The speaker is Alberto Aleman Zubieta, administrator of the Panama Canal Authority. Location: Riggs Library, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/687-4328.
Celebration and discussion 10:30 a.m. Elementary school students celebrate Halloween by dressing as firefighters, police, doctors and other rescue workers and discussing the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Location: Ketcham Elementary School, 1919 15th St. SE. Contact: 703/535-3872.
Educational accountability discussion 11 a.m. The Heritage Foundation presents a discussion titled "Grading the Graders: How Internet-based School Report Cards are Revolutionizing Educational Accountability." Colorado Gov. Bill Owens participates. Location: Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/675-1752.
Terror discussion noon The University of Maryland holds a panel discussion on the global struggle against terror. The topics include developing trends on the domestic political front, the international stage, in the Middle East and in universities. Location: Room 1208, Tawes Fine Arts Building, University of Maryland, College Park. Contact: 301/405-4622.
Central Asian security discussion noon The Georgetown University School of Foreign Service sponsors a lecture on "The Changing Face of Central Asian Security: The View from Their Military." The speaker is Roger Kangas, George C. Marshall European Center for Strategic Studies. Location: Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/687-4327.
D.C. Bar luncheon noon The D.C. Bar Association presents a brown bag luncheon, featuring a speech by Nicholas Calio, director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, on "Promoting the President's Legislative Agenda." Location: Covington & Burling Conference Center, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave, NW. Contact: 202/626-3463.
Bush presidency discussion noon The Hudson Institute presents a panel discussion, "The Re-emergence of the Presidency: George W. Bush in Wartime." Location: Suite 300, 1015 18th St. NW. Contact: 202/974-2420.
Alliance for Health Reform briefing 12:15 p.m. The Alliance for Health Reform presents "The Uninsured: An Update," a briefing on how an economic stimulus package and other proposals could help those without coverage, including paying COBRA health insurance premium costs for workers laid off due to the economic slowdown and disruptions resulting from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Location: Columbus Club, Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/466-5626.
Book discussion 1 p.m. Howard University presents a book signing and discussion on "Vernon Can Read: A Memoir" by Vernon Jordan Jr., Howard University trustee and senior managing director of Lazard Freres & Co. Location: Howard University Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW. Contact: 202/238-2335.
Adoption ceremony 1:30 p.m. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) holds a ceremony to celebrate the adoption of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier and its crew by Kay Coles James, OPM director, and its employees. Location: OPM Headquarters, Theodore Roosevelt Building, 1900 E St. NW. Contact: 202/606-2401.
World Congress of Families meeting 7:30 p.m. Family Action Council International hosts the World Congress of Families Washington, D.C., regional meeting. Location: Capitol, House Floor. Contact: 703/684-8352.

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