- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 19, 2002

Social Security and African Americans conference 9 a.m. The Cato Institute and the National Black Chamber of Commerce present a conference, "Social Security and African Americans: Race, Retirement and Reform." Gwendolyn King, member of the President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security, and former Social Security commissioner, participates. Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.
Ziglar speech 12:30 p.m. James Ziglar, Immigration and Naturalization Service commissioner, addresses a National Press Club Newsmaker luncheon, discussing U.S. immigration policy in an era of greater security concerns. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.

To be announced.

8:30 a.m. Commerce Department releases a report on U.S. international trade in goods and services for January 2002. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

8 a.m. Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting of the antiviral drugs advisory committee to discuss a new drug application for Picovir (pleconaril), proposed for treatment of acute viral respiratory infection (the common cold) in adults. Location: The Ballrooms, Holiday Inn, Two Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Contact: 301/827-7001.

Meets at 10 a.m. to hand down decisions and hear oral arguments:
Docket Number 01-332: Board of Ed., Pottawatomie Cty vs. Earls; and Docket Number 01-408: Holmes Group vs. Vornado Air Circulations Sys. Contact: 202/479-3211.

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

9:30 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the worldwide threat to U.S. interests. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.
10 a.m. Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing to examine chemical and biological weapons threat reduction. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3953.
10 a.m. 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.
2 p.m. Appropriations foreign operations subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Treasury Department, focusing on international affairs programs. Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill testifies. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.
2:30 p.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Vice Adm. Thomas Collins to be commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.
2:30 p.m. Finance social security and family policy subcommittee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's children and families subcommittee hold a joint hearing to examine working families and child care. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515 or 202/224-5375.

Meets at 12:30 p.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

9:30 a.m. Appropriations VA, HUD and independent agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on appropriations for fiscal 2003 for the Housing and Urban Development Department. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez testifies. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
2 p.m. Energy and Commerce energy and air quality subcommittee holds a hearing on the reauthorization of the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act and the Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Act. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.
2 p.m. Resources national parks, recreation and public lands subcommittee holds a hearing on legislation to authorize the establishment of a memorial to the victims of terrorist attacks on the United States. Location: 1334 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

Port authorities conference 8:30 a.m. The American Association of Port Authorities holds its spring conference. The participants include: Robert B. Zoellick, U.S. trade representative, Port Person of the Year Award recipient; and Robert Bonner, U.S. Customs Service commissioner. Location: Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 703/706-4714.
National Slavery Museum symposium 9 a.m. The Howard University Law Library hosts a symposium on the National Slavery Museum. L. Douglas Wilder, former Virginia governor, participates. Location: Howard University Law Library, 2935 Upton St. NW. Contact: 202/488-4948.
Women entrepreneurship conference 9 a.m. The Labor Department and Public Forum Institute presents a conference, "Women Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century." Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill speaks at 10:30 a.m. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-4676.
Volunteerism news conference 9:30 a.m. The Points of Light Foundation and the Volunteer Center National Network hold a news conference "Calling on Volunteers to Pay Tribute to September 11 Victims through Community Service." Location: Capitol, Room S-207. Contact: 212/309-1424.
Partnership news conference 9:40 a.m. The National Council of Negro Women hosts a news conference to discuss the "Partnership to Close the Gap in Academic Achievement for African Americans and Hispanics," as part of five-day 90th-birthday celebration for Dorothy Height, chairman/president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women. Education Secretary Rod Paige and Miss Height participate. Location: 633 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/723-2200.
Energy security news conference 10:30 a.m. The Senate Republican Conference Energy Task Force holds a news conference on energy security and the environmental myths of exploring for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton participates. Location: Capitol, Senate Swamp (Rain location: Capitol, Room ST-31). Contact: 202/224-5316.
Film screening and discussion 5 p.m. The Woodrow Wilson Center presents a screening and discussion on "Bringing Down a Dictator," a film telling the story of Slobodan Milosevic's defeat in October 2000. Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4140.
Awards dinner 7 p.m. The Center for National Policy holds its 2002 Edmund S. Muskie Distinguished Public Service Awards Dinner. The honorees include: Reps. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat, and Amo Houghton, New York Republican. Location: Atrium, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/682-4117.
Campaign finance reform discussion 8 p.m. Georgetown University hosts a discussion on campaign finance reform and its effects on the future of campaigns and elections. The speaker is Rep. Martin T. Meehan, Massachusetts Democrat. Location: Intercultural Center Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/687-4328.

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