- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 23, 2003


Blood safety meeting 8 a.m. Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services holds a meeting of the Blood Safety and Availability Advisory Committee titled "Prioritizing Decisions in Transfusion Medicine: Transfusion Transmissible Diseases." Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/690-5558.

Protecting the American Homeland 9:30 a.m. Brookings Institution holds a briefing, "Protecting the American Homeland: A Second Look at How We're Meeting the Challenge." Location: Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.


To be announced.


1 p.m. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. releases weekly survey on fixed-rate mortgages. Location: 8200 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. Contact: 703/903-2000.

2 p.m. Energy Information Administration releases natural-gas weekly update. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

4 p.m. National Oilseed Processors Association releases weekly report on the soybean crush. Location: 1255 23rd St. NW, Suite 850. Contact: 202/452-8040.


8 a.m. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service holds a meeting of the Service Regulations Committee to discuss preliminary issues concerning 2003-04 migratory-bird hunting regulations. Location: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arlington Square Building, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 200 A/B, Arlington. Contact: 703/358-1714.

8:30 a.m. Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a meeting of the Reactor Safeguards Advisory reliability and probabilistic-risk assessment subcommittee, to meet with representatives of the Westinghouse Electric Co. and staff members from the NRC to review the probabilistic-risk assessment for the AP1000 passive plant design. Location: 11545 Rockville Pike, Room T-2B3, Rockville. Contact: 301/415-6889.


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


Schedule to be announced. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


U.S. Conference of Mayors all day holds its 71st winter meeting

Highlights 8:30 a.m.. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat and minority leader, "National Housing Agenda"

10:30 a.m. Sen. John B. Breaux, Louisiana Democrat, "Health Care Reform"

11 a.m. Rep. John F. Tierney, Massachusetts Democrat, "Work Force Development"

Location: Capital Hilton, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/293-7330.

Health-policy conference all day Academy Health and Health Affairs journal sponsors a National Health Policy Conference for an in-depth look at the nation's health-policy agenda for the year.

Highlights 8 a.m.. Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat, congressional health policy agenda

9:30 a.m. Sen. John B. Breaux, Louisiana Democrat

Location: J.W. Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/292-6778 or 202/292-6741.

Conference on Middle East all day Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine holds its 2003 winter conference, "Israel's Policy of Apartheid and Ethnic Cleansing."

Highlights 9:15 a.m. Nur Masalha, director, Holy Land Studies, St. Mary's College, England, "Ethnic Cleansing in Zionist Ideology"

11 a.m.. Geoffrey Aronson, research and publication director of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, "Apartheid and Ethnic Cleansing." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: RSVP to 202/338-1290.

National Academies meeting all day National Academies holds a meeting to discuss alternatives and strategies for hydrogen production and use.

Highlights 8 a.m. Open session. Location: National Academies, Room 109, 500 Fifth St. NW. Contact: 202/334-3344.

Privacy conference all day Food and Drug Law Institute holds a conference, "Privacy Issues and Dilemmas for Drug and Medical-Device Manufacturers." Topics include research, marketing, online aspects and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Location: 2350 M St. NW. Contact: 202/371-1420 or 800/956-6293.

Technology-transfer seminar 7:30 a.m.. Northern Virginia Technology Council, Venture Capital and BioMedtech Committees host a seminar, "Technology Transfer." Location: Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner Hotel, 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean. Contact: 703/904-7878.

Africa-policy discussion 8:30 a.m. Africa Action holds a discussion, "Malign Neglect: A Briefing on U.S. Policy Toward Africa Under the Bush Administration." Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/939-2211.

U.S. security briefing 8:30 a.m.. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a briefing, "Challenges to U.S. Security: Afghanistan and Iraq."

Highlights 8:45 a.m.. "Challenges of Regime Change: Afghanistan as a Case Study."

10:30 a.m. Afghan Ambassador Ishaq Shahryar, "Afghanistan One Year After the Bonn Accords"

Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: RSVP 202/457-6949.

Audited-earnings conference 9 a.m. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a conference, "Have We Overestimated the Importance of Audited Earnings?" Topics include evidence that cash flows are more important for investors than audited earnings reports, and the implications of this phenomenon for tax policy and securities regulation. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-5853.

Government's science advisory process 9:30 a.m. Environmental Media Services holds an on-the-record news briefing to discuss top scientists' concerns about "Politicization of the Government's Science Advisory Process," which focuses on the influence of politics and ideology on the federal science advisory process under the Bush administration. Topics include the use of political litmus tests for selection of scientific experts, the role scientists play in assisting the government, and recent incidences of political interference. Location: 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/822-5200 or 202/463-6670.

Defense Department conference 10 a.m. Defense Department holds a news conference to release a Pentagon "Building Performance Report" completed by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Topics include analysis of the significance of the Pentagon's structural system in saving lives and minimizing damage after the September 11 attacks and the features and mechanisms that contributed to the building's resiliency. Location: First floor, Wedge One apex (between Corridors 3 and 4), Pentagon. Contact: 703/693-0746.

Anti-copying opposition 10 a.m. Alliance for Digital Progress holds a news briefing to announce its mission to vigorously oppose government-designed and mandated anti-copying technologies. Location: Willard Inter-Continental Hotel, Holmes Room, second floor, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: RSVP 202/715-1561.

Indoor-air conference 10:15 a.m. Citigate Communications hosts a news conference, "Clean Indoor Air Challenge." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW, Zenger Room. Contact: 312/944-7398.

Health sciences 11 a.m. National Institutes of Health hosts the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences 2002-2003 seminar series, "Germ Cells." Location: NIH, Building 50, main conference room, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Contact: 301/496-7925.

U.S.-Cuba report: noon the Center for National Policy holds a news conference, "CNP Report: U.S.-Cuba Relations." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW, Zenger Room. Contact: 202/682-4118.

Economists Club luncheon noon National Economists Club holds a luncheon meeting, "Current Issues in the Competition Among Stock Markets, Electronic Communications Networks and Dealers." Location: 618 H St. NW. Contact: 703/493-8824.

Discussion on AIDS noon Washington Foreign Law Society hosts a discussion, "AIDS and the International Response: Current Issues and Future Directions." Location: City Club of Washington, 555 13th St. NW. Contact: RSVP to 202-785-4444.

Physical-activity meeting 1 p.m. National Academies holds a meeting on physical activity, health, transportation and land use. Location: National Academies, 500 Fifth St. NW. Contact: 202/334-2948.

Web-site tracking 1 p.m. World Peer Learning Exchange holds a meeting to discuss methods of Web-site tracking and ways of analyzing collected customer data. Location: Benton Foundation, 1625 K St. NW. Contact: 202/454-5644.

Smithsonian lecture 6:30 p.m. National Academies and the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program hold a lecture, "Sustainable Seas, the Vision and the Reality." Location: National Academies, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/357-3030.

Federal-role discussion 7:30 p.m.. Presidential Classroom hosts a discussion, "The Role of Federal Agencies." Location: Georgetown University, Conference Center, Salons A, B and G, 3800 Reservoir Road NW. Contact: 202/328-6521.

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