- The Washington Times - Monday, March 18, 2002

Federal workers legislation 9:30 a.m. Senate Governmental Affairs international security, proliferation and federal services subcommittee holds a hearing on "The Federal Workforce: Legislative Proposals for Change." Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.
International firefighters meet all day The International Association of Fire Fighters holds its 20th annual conference focusing on homeland security and the need for additional firefighting staff. Highlights: 8:30 a.m. Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge speaks. Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill, 400 N. Capitol St. NW. Contact: 202/549-5084.

Attends a fund-raiser in St. Louis for Republican Senate candidate Jim Talent.

Continues his visit to the Middle East.

2 p.m. Treasury Department releases its weekly three- and six-month bill auction results. Location: 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.

9:30 a.m. Export-Import Bank holds a meeting of the advisory committee. Location: Room 1143, 811 Vermont Ave. NW. Contact: 202/565-3542.

Meets at 10 a.m. to release orders and hear oral arguments:
Docket No. 01-147: SEC v. Zanford; and Docket No. 01-394: Christopher v. Harbury. Contact: 202/479-3211.

Meets at 3 p.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

10 a.m. Appropriations energy and water development subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the National Security Administration, nuclear reactors and nuclear proliferation. Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

Meets at 2 p.m. in pro forma session. No committee meetings are scheduled. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

U.S.-Turkish relations conference all day The American-Turkish Council, American Friends of Turkey and the Turkish-U.S. Business Council present the 21st annual Conference on U.S.-Turkish Relations.
Highlights 9 a.m. Robert Pearson, U.S. ambassador to Turkey, and Faruk Logoglu, Turkish ambassador: welcoming remarks and addresses.
Noon Plenary Session, "Rebuilding Afghanistan and Opportunities for American and Turkish Companies."
2 p.m. Paul Wolfowitz, deputy defense secretary.
Location: Ritz Carlton Hotel, 2200 M St. NW. Contact: 202/783-0483.
Brain Injury Association of America conference all day The Brain Injury Association of America holds its public policy conference. Jennifer Sheehy, White House Domestic Policy Council, speaks at noon. Location: Doubletree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington. Contact: 703/236-6000.
Japan conference 8:45 a.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies presents "Japan's Worsening Slump: Implications for the United States and the World Economy."
Highlights 9 a.m. "Forces of Contraction"
10:45 a.m. "Future Impact on the World Economy."
12:15 p.m. Thomas Foley, former House speaker and former U.S. ambassador to Japan, keynote luncheon address.
1:30 p.m. "The Politics of Reform in Japan"
Location: B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.
Spanish presidency discussion 10 a.m. The National Press Club Morning Newsmaker news conference will feature a discussion on "The Spanish Presidency of the European Union: Priorities and Goals." The speaker is Spanish Ambassador Javier Ruperez. Location: Zenger Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.
Broadband policy forum 10 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies hosts a forum on "Broadband Policy: Do We Really Need Legislation?" The participants include: Robert Hahn, Joint Center, introductions; Robert Litan, Brookings and Joint Center, moderator; and Thomas Hazlett, Manhattan Institute and Joint Center, and Charles Ferguson, Brookings, debaters. Location: 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.
Women entrepreneurship conference noon The Labor Department and the Public Forum Institute presents a conference, "Women Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century."
Highlights noon Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao and Hector Barreto, administrator of the Small Business Administration.
1:30 p.m. Panel discussion with senior women officials in the administration.
Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-4676.
China forum 2:30 p.m. The Congressional-Executive Commission on China presents a forum on "Labor Rights Issues in China." The participants include: Bama Athreya, deputy director of the International Labor Rights Fund; and Jeff Fiedler, Food and Allied Services Union, AFL-CIO. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/236-8347.
National Safe Place Week news conference 2:30 p.m. Sens. Larry Craig, Idaho Republican, and Max Cleland, Georgia Democrat, hold a news conference on National Safe Place Week. Location: Capitol, Senate Swamp. Contact: 202/224-2752 or 202/224-3521.
Coming Out discussion 3 p.m. The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars hosts a discussion on "Coming Out and Getting Active." The speaker is Candace Gingrich, National Coming Out Project manager and sister of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Location: Main Auditorium, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E St. NW. Contact: 703/276-2772.
Business conference 6 p.m. The U.S. Trade and Development Agency sponsors a conference, "One on One: Developing Business in Latin America."
Highlights 6 p.m. Welcome Reception
Location: Monarch Hotel, 2401 M St. NW. Contact: 949/863-1331.
Immigrant workers meeting 7 p.m. The Farm Labor Organizing Committee holds a public meeting on "Organized Against All Odds: Public Meeting for Immigrant Worker Justice." The participants include: Linda Chavez-Thompson, AFL-CIO; Baldemar Velasquez, Farm Labor Organizing Committee; and Lorette Piciano, Rural Coalition. Location: Stephens Episcopal Church, 16th and Newton streets NW. Contact: 419/243-3456.

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