- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 19, 2003


To be announced.


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

3 p.m. National Agricultural Statistic Service releases the weekly broiler hatchery report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/720-7017.


8:30 a.m. Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards subcommittee on thermal-hydraulic phenomena to review issues concerning the design certification of the AP1000 reactor design. Location: 11545 Rockville Pike, Room T-2B1, Rockville. Contact: 301/415-6889.

9 a.m. Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of the Exposure Modeling Work Group to discuss current issues in modeling pesticide fate, transport and exposure to pesticides in support of risk assessment in a regulatory context. Location: EPA, Crystal Mall No. 2, Room 1126, 1921 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 703/305-6391.

9 a.m. Federal Aviation Administration holds a meeting of the RTCA Special Committee on rechargeable and starting batteries. Location: RTCA Inc., 1828 L St. NW, Suite 805. Contact: 202/833-9339.

1 p.m. Social Security Administration holds a meeting by teleconference of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel to discuss the implementation of TWWIIA and conduct panel business. Call-in number: 877/546-1568; pass code: Panel. Location: None given. Contact: 202/358-6430.


In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


9:30 a.m. Appropriations Labor, HHS, Education and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2004 appropriations for Health and Human Services. HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson testifies. Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

9:30 a.m. Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the nonproliferation programs of the State Department. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

10 a.m. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a markup of the Pediatric Drug Research Authority bill; the Lifespan Respite Care Act; the Biodefense Improvement and Treatment for America Act; and the nominations of Karen Wolff, Jerry Pinkney, Makoto Fujimura and Mary Costa each to be a member of the National Council on the Arts. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

3 p.m. Armed Services personnel subcommittee holds a hearing on National Guard and reserve military and civilian personnel programs in review of the defense authorization request for fiscal 2004. Thomas Hall, assistant secretary for reserve affairs, Defense Department; Bob Hollingsworth, executive director, National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, testify. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-387.


Meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business to consider the Mortgage Servicing Clarification Act; the Cibola Wildlife Refuge Boundary Correction Act; to direct the secretary of the Interior to conduct a comprehensive study of the Rathdrum Prairie/Spokane Valley Aquifer in Idaho and Washington; to authorize the secretary of the interior to conduct a study of the San Gabriel River Watershed; stating that the Pledge of Allegiance should be upheld; the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2003; the Child Abduction Prevention Act; and the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal 2004. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


10 a.m. Appropriations VA, HUD and independent agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD Secretary Mel Martinez testifies. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. Energy and Commerce trade and consumer protection subcommittee holds a hearing "Does the U.S. Olympic Committee's Organizational Structure Impede its Mission?" Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. Science Committee holds a hearing on the Nanotechnology Research and Development Act of 2003. Sen. George Allen, Virginia Republican; Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat; Richard Russell, associate director of technology, Office of Science and Technology Policy, testify. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.

2 p.m. Armed Services terrorism, unconventional threats and capabilities subcommittee holds a hearing on Defense Department efforts to address chemical and biological threats. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151, recorded schedule 202/225-2675.


Global Trade Controls conference all day World Research Group sponsors the second Annual Global Trade Controls 2003 conference on "Structuring a World Class Compliance Program for Today's Climate of Enhanced Vigilance." Location: Swiss Hotel Washington, 2650 Virginia Ave. NW. Contact: 646/742-9763, Ext. 56.

Global marketplace 9 a.m. Commerce Department holds a news conference to release an eight-point "Standards Action Plan" aimed at creating greater competition in the global marketplace. Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans; Grants Aldonas, undersecretary for international trade, and Phil Bond, undersecretary for technology, participate. Location: Commerce Department, Secretary's Conference Room, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-4883.

Infectious diseases 9 a.m. Rand holds a news briefing on infectious diseases and their effect on national security, to include smallpox, anthrax attacks, ricin and the ongoing AIDS pandemic. Jennifer Brower, policy analyst and co-author of "The Global Threat of New and Reemerging Infectious Diseases: Reconciling U.S. National Security and Public Health Policy" and Kenneth Shine, director, Rand Center for Domestic and International Health Security, participate. Location: Rand, 1200 S. Hayes St., fourth floor conference room 4206, Arlington. Contact: 703/413-1100, Ext. 5156.

Beyond the Middle East noon Heritage Foundation hosts an address on "Beyond the Middle East: In Search of Energy Security." Sen. Conrad Burns, Montana Republican, participates. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Van Andel Center. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Work and Family Program 12:15 p.m. New America Foundation introduces its Work and Family Program and discusses "The 'Next Deal' for American Families: How Good Policy Can Alleviate the Stress and Why This Matters in the 2004 Presidential Race." Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave NW. Contact: Please RSVP to 202/986-4901.

Congress 12:30 p.m. Congress holds a news conference on a last-minute addition to the fiscal 2003 appropriations omnibus, which changes the organic standard for livestock feed. Including Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat; Rep. Sam Farr, California Democrat, participate. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2861.

Immigration 2 p.m. National Immigration Forum holds a briefing to evaluate the Justice Department's mandate that certain male Pakistanis and Saudis over the age of 16 must register with the federal government by Friday. Location: 220 I St. NE. Contact: 202/544-0004.

Eliminating racial disparities in health care 3 p.m. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies hosts a symposium on eliminating racial disparities in health care. Location: Holeman Lounge of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Contact: please register to attend at 202/334-2138.

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