- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Faith-Based Initiative roundtable 10 a.m. Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, and the Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy hold a discussion on "The Faith-Based Initiative Two Years Later: Examining the Progress, Potential and Problems." Location: Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave NW. Contact: RSVP to 202/955-5075.
Social Security seminar noon Cato Institute holds a luncheon policy seminar on Social Security. Topics include how Social Security is financed and long-term sustainability. Participants include Andrew Biggs, Social Security analyst and former staffer to the President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security, and Michael Tanner, Cato director. Location: B-339 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: Please register, 202/218-4633.

To be announced.

Economic Reports
4 p.m. National Agricultural Statistic Service releases Crop Progress report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/720-7017.
4:15 p.m.
Federal Reserve Board releases Foreign reports: Assets, Liabilities of U.S., Foreign Chartered Banks and Foreign Exchange Rates for previous week. Location: Constitution Avenue between 20th and 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.

9 a.m. Office of the Undersecretary for Food Safety holds a meeting of the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods. Topics include: "Consideration of Draft Maximum Residue Limits for Veterinary Drugs"; "Proposed Draft Appendix on the Prevention and Control of Veterinary Drug Residues in Milk and Milk Products." Location: Agriculture Department, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Room 0161. Contact: 202/720-5261.
9 a.m.
Federal Aviation Administration holds a meeting of the RTCA Special Committee 198: "Next-Generation Air/Ground Communications System." Topics include the status of RTCA Program Management Committee review of the NEXCOM Safety and Performance Requirements Documents. Location: RTCA, 1828 L St. NW, Suite 805. Contact: 202/833-9339.
1 p.m.
State Department holds a meeting of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee's Working Group on Regulation Review to discuss issues relating to current U.S. Coast Guard regulations on towing vessels. Location: U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 Second St. SW, Room 6319. Contact: 202/267-0214.
1:30 p.m.
Internal Revenue Service holds a meeting by teleconference of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Joint Committee. Topics include: monthly committee summary report and discussion of issues brought to the joint committee. Location: See contact for dial-in information. Contact: 888/912-1227.

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

Not in session, Presidents Day recess. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

Not in session, Presidents Day District Work Period. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

Early detection of breast cancer all day National Academies holds a meeting on "New Approaches to Early Detection and Diagnosis of Breast Cancer: Accelerating the Flow From Concept to Clinic."
Highlights 11:45 a.m. Joe Hackett, Food and Drug Administration, "FDA Perspective on Challenges of Reviewing Molecular Diagnostics," discussion
3 p.m.
Richard Kenyon, Breast Cancer Research Program, Defense Department, "The Role of Defense Department's Breast Cancer Research Program"
Location: National Academies, Room 100, 500 Fifth St. NW. Contact: 202/334-2649.
Future City Competition all day National Engineers Week holds its 11th annual Future City Competition. The 2003 competition theme is "How Biotechnology Can Fight Pollution" Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 212/967-8200.
Gulf War and Health 9 a.m. National Academies' Institute of Medicine releases a report, "Gulf War and Health, Volume II: Insecticides and Solvents," which examines whether long-term health problems in veterans can be linked to exposure to insecticides and solvents used during the 1991 Persian Gulf war. Report is embargoed until 4 p.m. today. Location: NAS, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/334-2138.
America and the Muslim Middle East 9 a.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a discussion on "Bridging the Gap: America and the Muslim Middle East." Speakers' comments are not for attribution. Christopher Ross, State Department; Shibley Telhami, University of Maryland and Shamil Idriss, Search for Common Ground, participate. Location: SAIS, Nitze Building, Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: Members of the public should RSVP to 202/777-2240 or 202/663-5626.
Education conference 9 a.m. American Council on Education holds its 85th Annual Meeting.
Highlights 9 a.m. Thomas Mann, Brookings Institution
Knight Kiplinger, the Kiplinger Letter
Location: Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 202/939-9410.
AEI inaugural briefing 9 a.m. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research hosts its inaugural briefing on "The Road to War… and Beyond." Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.
Russian Influences on American Performing Arts 5:30 p.m. The Woodrow Wilson Center Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies holds a seminar on "Culture/Kultura: Russian Influences on American Performing Arts: Music." Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: RSVP to 202/691-4100.
European Enlargement 6 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a discussion on "European Enlargement." Location: SAIS, Rome Building, Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room 511. Contact: 202/663-5626.
U.S.-European relations 6 p.m. Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion on "Renewing the Transatlantic Partnership: The 2002 NATO-EU Summits and Beyond," which focuses on prospects and challenges for the U.S.- European relations. Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State and French Ambassador Jean-David Levitte, participate. Location: CSIS, B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.
Licensing, Rights and Clearances 6:30 p.m. Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts presents a seminar "Licensing, Rights and Clearances." Location: Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts,1120 Connecticut Ave. NW. To register for courses, send e-mail to Maggie Ascher, director of education and marketing, at [email protected], or call 202/429-0960, ext. 23.
World Affairs Council 6:45 p.m. World Affairs Council holds a news conference to launch the book "No Comment? The Challenges of White House Press Secretaries." Location: National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/293-1051; Media must call to be put on list.

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