- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 15, 2003

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Education discussion — 8:30 a.m.The Education Department sponsors a discussion with Education Secretary Rod Paige on his life, career and vision for education reform in the country. Location: Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School for Public Policy, 1346 Florida Ave. Contact: 202/320-9817

Saudi terrorism response — 11 a.m. — TheRoyal Embassy of Saudi Arabia holds a news conference to announce counterterrorism efforts and economic and political reforms. Adel Al-Jubeir, foreign policy adviser to Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, participates. Location: Embassy of Saudi Arabia, 601 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Contact: 202/448-3127 or 703/869-1146

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik, the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Censusreleases new residential construction report for April. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

10 a.m. —Bureau of Labor Statisticsreleases real earnings report for April. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. Environmental Protection Agencyholds a meeting of the Office of Research and Development, Board of Scientific Counselors, Executive Committee, to examine how effectively EPA Office of Research and Development-funded research results are communicated, both within and beyond the agency, and how they might be more effectively communicated. Location: Loews L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L’Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 202/564-6853.

9 a.m. —International Trade Administrationholds a meeting of the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee to discuss administrative and trade issues including the status of trade negotiations regarding environmental technologies trade liberalization, recent program changes at the U.S. Trade Development Agency and subcommittee action plans. Location: Commerce Department, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-5225.

9 a.m. —Office of the Secretary-Controllerholds a meeting of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Code Committee, considering proposed changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Manual for Courts-Martial, United States, and other matters relating to use of the code throughout the armed forces. Location: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 450 E St. NW. Contact: 202/761-1448.

10 a.m. —State Departmentholds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on International Law. Topics include: legal considerations relating to post-conflict Iraq; litigation relating to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations; compensation for victims of terrorism; update on developments relating to the Alien Tort Statute; current legal topics. Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW, Room 1105. Contact: 202/647-2767.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Schedule unavailable. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Appropriationsagriculture, rural development and related agencies subcommittee hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for programs under its jurisdiction. Keith Collins, chief economist, Agriculture Department; J.B. Penn, undersecretary for farm and foreign agricultural services; Mark Rey, agriculture undersecretary for natural resources and environment; Joseph Jen, agriculture undersecretary for research, education and economics; Thomas Dorr, agriculture undersecretary for rural development, testify. Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

9 a.m. —Foreign Relations Committeeholds a hearing on the State Department’s Office of Children’s Issues and international parental abduction. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Arkansas Democrat; Maura Harty, assistant secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, State Department, testify. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Government Reform Committeeholds a hearing on reform efforts at the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency. Cornelia Ashby, director of education, work force and income security, General Accounting Office; Olivia Golden, director, District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency; Judith Meltzer, deputy director, Center for the Study of Social Policy, testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

GENERAL AGENDA

U.S.-Republic of Korea Alliance at 50 — all day United States Institute of Peace and the National Defense University hold a briefing on “The U.S.-Republic of Korea Alliance at 50: Continuity, Change and Implications for the Future.”

Highlights — 10 a.m. Panel discussion: “Changing Context of the Alliance”

2 p.m. —Panel discussion: “The Regional Context: Views From China, Japan and Russia”

3:15 p.m. —Panel discussion: “Looking Ahead: The Future of Alliance”

Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/429-3824.

Homeland Security Summit — all day McGraw Hill Corp. sponsors the Homeland Security Summit and Exposition.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. General session on “Secure at a Price: Defense, Insurance and Security: What Cost, Whose Burden?”

Location: Hyatt Crystal City Hotel, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 800/240-7645, ext. 7.

Genetics and Health — 8:30 a.m. Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Royal Norwegian Embassy host a “Trans-Atlantic Dialogue on Genetics and Health.”

Highlights — 8:40 a.m. Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik of Norway gives keynote address

Location: CSIS, B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

National Petroleum Council — 9 a.m. National Petroleum Council holds its 111th meeting. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham participates. Location: St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th St. NW. Contact: 202/393-6100.

Aging briefing — 9 a.m. Senate Special Committee on Aging, the National Council on Aging and the National Association of State Units on Aging sponsor a briefing on the value and benefits of consumer-directed services for older persons.

Highlights — 9:30 a.m. State experiences with consumer-directed services for older persons

10:15 a.m. —Public policy issues in consumer direction

Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/479-6685.

Rail security briefing — 11 a.m. Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition hosts a briefing on the Bush administration’s rail security efforts. Rep. Jack Quinn, New York Republican, and Rep. Michael N. Castle, Delaware Republican, participate. Location: 2253 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4165.

Health care forum — noon — Kaiser Permanente hosts a forum to discuss a seven-step solution for a safer, better and more affordable health care system. George Halvorson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, and George Isham, medical director and chief health officer of HealthPartners, participate. Location: Capitol Building Room S-115 Contact: 202/326-1726.

Government reform briefing — noon Cato Institute holds a briefing on “Government Reform: Competitive Sourcing, Privatization and Other Options.” Angela Styles, administrator, federal procurement policy, Office of Management and Budget; Geoffrey Segal, director, privatization and government reform policy, Reason Foundation; and Chris Edwards, director, fiscal policy studies, Cato Institute, participate. Location: B-369 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/789-5200.

Pension fund briefing — noon American Academy of Actuaries holds a briefing on “Taking Pension Funding Into Account.” Topics include an overview of the minimum and maximum funding rules, pension accounting rules, alternatives to the 30-year Treasury rate, and current issues in pension accounting. Ron Gebhardtsbauer, academy senior pension fellow; and Mark Beilke, a member of the academy Pension Committee, participate. Location: B-318, Rayburn Building. Contact: 202/785-7872.

“Why Democracy and Why Now?” — 12:30 p.m. Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy holds its fourth annual conference on “Why Democracy and Why Now?”

Highlights — 7 p.m. William Burns, assistant secretary of state, Near Eastern Affairs, State Department gives keynote speech.

Location: Wyndham Washington Hotel, 1400 M St. NW. Contact: 202/772-2022.

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