- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 16, 2003


Travels to Kitty Hawk, N.C., for the 100th anniversary celebration of the Wright brothers’ first powered plane flight.


10:30 a.m. Energy Information Administration releases the weekly petroleum status report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

5 p.m. — World Agricultural Outlook Board releases the weekly weather and crop bulletin. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/720-5447.


8:30 a.m. National Institute of Standards and Technology holds a meeting of the Advisory Board. Topics include: Board discussion/planning for March 2004 Agencies Customer Service Management Work Session; overview of program activities of the NIST Information Technology Laboratory’s Computer Security Division. Location: North/Gaithersburg Hilton Hotel, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg. Contact: 301/975-3357.

9:30 a.m. — Research and Special Programs Administration holds a meeting to discuss the outcome of the United Nations’ subcommittee of experts on the transport of dangerous goods session and to prepare for the 25th session of the panel. Topics include: harmonization of the recommendations on the transport of dangerous goods with the globally harmonized system of classification and labeling of chemicals; hazards to the aquatic environment; procedures for incident reporting. Location: Transportation Department, Nassif Building, 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/366-0656.

noon — Internal Revenue Service holds a meeting by teleconference of the Wage and Investment Reducing Taxpayer Burden Issue Committee of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, to discuss improving customer service at the Internal Revenue Service. Location: None. Contact: 888/912-1227.

2 p.m. Securities and Exchange Commission holds an open meeting. Topics include: rule change by the New York Stock Exchange to amend and restate its constitution to reform the governance and management architecture of the exchange; amendments to Form N-1A under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 that would require an open-end management investment company to provide enhanced prospectus disclosure regarding breakpoint discounts on front-end sales loads; concept release on mutual fund transaction costs. Location: SEC, 450 Fifth St. NW. Room 1C30. Contact: 202/942-7070.


No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.


Stands adjourned, to reconvene at noon on Jan. 20, 2004. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


Stands adjourned, to reconvene at noon on Jan. 20, 2004. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225/2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


Natural Gas Ministerial Summit — all day The Energy Department hosts “The Inaugural Global Liquefied Natural Gas Ministerial Summit”

Highlights — 9:10 a.m. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham

Location: Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/586-4940 or 202/586-5806.

Investor class conference — 9 a.m. New America Foundation holds a half-day conference, “Taking Stock of the Investor Class: The Policy and the Politics of Creating an ‘Ownership Society.’”

Highlights — 11 a.m. Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform; Gene Sperling, Center for American Progress; John Zogby, Zogby International, and Ruy Teixeira, Century Foundation, “The Politics of the Investor Class”

Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Civil conflict discussion — 10 a.m. Woodrow Wilson Center, the Security Demographic and Population Action International holds a discussion on a new report that examines the role demographic factors can play in predicting and preventing civil conflict. retired Army Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy; William Nash, Council on Foreign Relations; Richard Cincotta, Robert Engelman and William Draper III, PAI, participate. Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/557-3419.

Civil liberties discussion — 10 a.m. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Civil Liberties and the War on Terror.” Michael Chertoff, U.S. Court of Appeals; David Cole, Georgetown University, participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW. Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Venezuela discussion — 11 a.m. Hudson Institute hosts a discussion on “Venezuela at the Crossroads.” Virginia Contreras, former permanent representative of Venezuela to the Organization of American States, participates. Location: HI, 1015 18th St. NW. Contact: 202/223-7770.

Harlem Globetrotters news conference — 1:30 p.m. Education Department and the Harlem Globetrotters hold a news conference to announce the CHEER for Character program, a new Globetrotter character-education program to be introduced in more than 150 elementary schools. Education Secretary Rod Paige; Mannie Jackson, owner, Harlem Globetrotters; Curley Johnson, Otis Key, Eugene Edgerson and Seth Franco, Globetrotter players, participate. Location: Friendship-Edison Junior Academy Public Charter School, 725 19th St. NE. Contact: 202/401-1576.

Lawsuits discussion — 3 p.m. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Lawsuits without Injuries?” Richard Epstein, University of Chicago; Michael Kelly, University of San Diego; Brian Anderson, O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Moin Yahya, University of Alberta and Jonathan Klick, AEI, participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW. Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Syria discussion — 3 p.m. The National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a discussion with the charge d’affaires of the Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic. Imad Moustapha, Embassy of Syrian Arab Republic, participates. Location: National Press Club, Zenger Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 301/530-1210 or 202/662-7540 or 202/232-6313.

Child safety rally — 3:30 p.m. — Robinson DECA and ChildSafeNet hold a rally on “Child Safety Day” in support of the “Comprehensive Child Protection Act of 2003 (S.644).” Location: West Front, U.S. Capitol; rain site, S-207, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 703/426-2171 or 703/978-1773.

Iraq discussion — 5:30 p.m. The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs holds a discussion, “The Challenge of ‘Iraqification.’” Francis Brook, Iraqi National Congress; Jim Woolsey, former CIA director and Bill Kristol, the Weekly Standard, participate. Location: JINSA, the Root Room, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/737-8400 or 202/667-3900.

Presidential Award — 7 p.m. — Office of Personnel Management holds a ceremony to present the Presidential Award for Management Excellence to the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation for outstanding use of contemporary management solutions. White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card and OPM Director Kay Coles James, participate. Location: Corcoran Gallery, 500 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/606-2402.

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