- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 11, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS
Government relationships with faith-based providers 10 a.m. Rockefeller Institute's Roundtable on Religious and Social Welfare Policy holds a discussion, "Government Relationships with Faith-based Providers: The State of the Law." Location: National Press Club, Conference Rooms, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 518/443-5721.
Policy and progress in health care 11 a.m. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research hosts a conference, "Politics, Policy and Progress in Health Care." Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-5865. Media contact: 202/862-4871.

PRESIDENT BUSH
To be announced.

ECONOMIC REPORTS
9 a.m. Energy Information Administration releases the weekly petroleum status report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.
3 p.m. National Agricultural Statistic Service releases the weekly broiler hatchery report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/720-7017.

FEDERAL AGENCIES
8 a.m. National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board, to discuss sleep research and education priorities and programs. Location: NIH, Natcher Building, Conference Room D, 45 Center Drive, Bethesda. Contact: 301/435-0199.
9:30 a.m. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission holds a meeting to discuss issues related to liability provisions in the commission's proposed Standard Market Design Tariff, as described in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued in this docket on July 31. Location: FERC, 888 First St. NE, second floor, Commission Meeting Room. Contact: 202/502-8608.
9:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics holds a meeting of the Labor Research Advisory Council, Committee on Productivity, Technology and Growth. Agenda topics include review of the assumptions underlying the aggregate economic projections, revisions to major sector productivity series and topics for the next meeting. Location: Postal Square Building, Conference Center, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Meeting Room 9. Contact: 202/691-5970.
10 a.m. Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of the National Advisory Committee for Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Hazardous Substances to consider development of proposed AEGLs. Location: Labor Department, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/554-1404.

SUPREME COURT
Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case
Docket Number 01-1107 Virginia v. Black
Docket Number 01-1289 State Farm Mutual Auto Ins. Co. v. Campbell
Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE
Stands adjourned sine die until noon on Jan. 7. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES
9:30 a.m. Governmental Affairs permanent investigations subcommittee holds a hearing, "Oversight of Investment Bank's Response to the Lessons of Enron." Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.

HOUSE
Stands adjourned sine die until noon on Jan. 7. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.
HOUSE COMMITTEES
9:30 a.m. Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee holds a hearing, "Issues Relating to the Safety of Accutane." Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.
10 a.m. Government Reform Committee holds a hearing, "The Saudi Claim of Privilege: Must Saudi Lobbyists Comply With Subpoenas in the Committee's Investigation of Child Abduction Cases?" Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

GENERAL AGENDA
Advancing work-force policy all day National Governors Association holds a policy forum, "Reaching New Heights: Advancing Work-force Policy Through Innovation and Reauthorization," Location: Monarch Hotel, 2401 M St. NW. Contact: 202/624-5334.
NCSL Standing Committees fall forum all day The National Conference of State Legislatures holds the NCSL Standing Committees fall forum.
Highlights 8:30 a.m. Session on Continuing Progress in Welfare Reform, Congressional A, lobby level
4 p.m. Education Secretary Rod Paige, "Implementing the No Child Left Behind Act," Regency A, ballroom level
Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill Hotel, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: RSVP to 303/364-7700.
"Defending Democracy in Kyrgyzstan" 8:30 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a briefing, "Defending Democracy in Kyrgyzstan." Topchubek Turgunaliev, leader of the Erkindik Party, participates. Location: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth-floor conference room. Contact: RSVP required, 202/457-6949.
State of public health conference 8:30 a.m. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation holds a conference, "The State of Public Health: Protecting the Nation in a Changing World," which includes the findings of a national opinion poll on public health and bioterrorism.
Highlights 9:45 a.m. Jerome Hauer, Office of Public Health Preparedness at Health and Human Services Department
11 a.m. Joe Henderson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health
12:30 p.m. Sen. Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican, keynote address
Location: JW Marriott Hotel, Salon II, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 301/652-1558.
Holiday SoberRide conference 9 a.m. Washington Regional Alcohol Program hosts the WRAP 2002 Holiday SoberRide news conference. Topics include the 2002 Law Enforcement Awards ceremony and the holiday season's free cab ride service for would-be drunk drivers. Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner participates. Location: Maggiano's Little Italy, 2001 International Drive, McLean. Contact: 703/893-0461.
Global-temperature briefing 9 a.m. Earth Policy Institute hosts a briefing, "Global Temperature Near Record for 2002: Takes Toll in Deadly Heat Waves, Withered Harvests and Melting Ice." Location: EPI, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/496-9290. Ext. 10.
Global Economic Prospects and the Developing Countries 2003 10 a.m. World Bank holds a news conference to release a report, "Global Economic Prospects and the Developing Countries 2003: Investing to Unlock Global Opportunities." Report is embargoed until 1 p.m. Location: WB, Room J-1-050, 701 18th St. NW. Contact: 202/473-7465.
Commerce Department signing ceremony 10:20 a.m. Commerce Department hosts a signing ceremony for a protocol agreement reaffirming a commitment between the United States and China to their ongoing bilateral dialogue on technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans and Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Xu Guan Hua participate. Location: Commerce Department, Secretary's Conference Room, fifth floor, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-4883.
"Educating a Big City Schoolboy" screening 11:30 a.m. Hudson Institute holds a screening of a PBS documentary, "A.K.A. CREEK: Educating a Big City Schoolboy."
Highlights 11:30 a.m. Keynote address by Education Secretary Rod Paige
Location: Hudson Institute, 1015 18th St. NW, Suite 300. Contact: 202/974-2404.
Homeland security bill 1 p.m. Congress holds a news conference to announce the need to seek a repeal of the special-interest provisions in the homeland-security bill intended to protect a pharmaceutical manufacturer from all lawsuits arising from the use of the compound thimerosal. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan Democrat; Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat; Rep. Dan Burton, Indiana Republican, chairman, Government Reform Committee; Consumers Union, Mercury Policy Project and the parent of an autistic child, participate. Location: S-211, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-4822.
Postwar Japan 3:30 p.m. The New American Foundation hosts a discussion, "Postwar Japan: A Model for Today's Nation Builder." Donald Robinson, co-author, "Partners for Democracy: Crafting the New Japanese State Under MacArthur" and Steven Clemons, executive vice president, New America Foundation, participate. Location: New America Foundation, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: RSVP to 202/986-4901.
Reception for the chairman of the World Agriculture Forum 6 p.m. World Agriculture Forum and the Embassy of New Zealand host a reception for the chairman of the World Agriculture Forum. James Bolger, chairman of WAF and former New Zealand prime minister, and Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman participate. Location: New Zealand Embassy, 37 Observatory Circle NW. Contact: Media should RSVP to 202/328-4888.
Islam and the West 8 p.m. Al-Hewar Center holds a discussion, "The Dialogue of Civilizations and the Prospects for Peace: Islam and the West." Discussion is in English. Location: Al-Hewar Center, 124 Park St. SE, Vienna. Contact: 703/281-6277.

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