- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 2, 2003


Meets Dutch Prime Minister Jan Balkenende. Signs the U.S.-Chilean and U.S.-Singaporean free-trade agreements.


10 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases figures on new construction put in place for July 2003. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

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


10 a.m. Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation holds a meeting of its board of directors. Location: NRC, 1325 G St. NW, Suite 800. Contact: 202/220-2372.

11 a.m. — Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation holds a meeting of its trustees and officers. Location: HC-7, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/395-4831.

1 p.m. — Occupational Safety and Health Administration holds a meeting of the Crane and Derrick Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee to discuss safety standards for cranes and derricks. Location: Labor Department, 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-2345.

1 p.m. Office of Personnel Management holds a meeting of the Federal Salary Council, to consider changes in locality pay area boundaries and consider which geographic locations should be surveyed for locality-pay purposes and other aspects of the locality-pay program. Location: OPM, 1900 E St. NW, Room 5303. Contact: 202/606-2838.


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


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


9:30 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the findings of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. Witnesses include Administrator Sean O’Keefe, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Chairman Harold Gehman, Columbia Accident Investigation Board. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

10 a.m. — Senate Budget Committee holds a hearing on “Congressional Budget Office Budget and Economic Outlook: An Update.” CBO Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin testifies. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.

2:15 p.m. — Judiciary terrorism, technology and homeland security subcommittee holds a hearing on “Terrorism: First Responders.” Witnesses include Reps. Christopher Cox, California Republican, and Jim Turner, Texas Democrat; Warren Rudman and Richard Clarke, chairman and senior adviser, Independent Task Force on Emergency Responders; Paul Posner, managing director of strategic issues, General Accounting Office. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

2:30 p.m. — Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing to examine the proposed lease of 100 Boeing aerial-refueling tankers by the Air Force. Witnesses include James Roche, Air Force secretary; Douglas Holtz-Eakin, director, Congressional Budget Office; Neal Curtin, director of defense capabilities and management, General Accounting Office; Gary Pagliano, defense resources section head, Congressional Research Service; John Smas Jr., Boeing. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.


Meets at 2 p.m. to consider building designations, a resolution congratulating champion bicyclist Lance Armstrong; and changes in securities laws to permit church pension plans to be invested in collective trusts. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


10 a.m. Energy and Commerce Committee holds a hearing “Blackout 2003: How Did It Happen and Why?” Witnesses include Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Michigan Democrat; Gov. Bob Taft, Ohio Republican; Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham; Patrick Wood, chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

5 p.m. — Rules Committee meets to formulate a rule on the fiscal 2004 Transportation, Treasury and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act. Location: H-313, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-9191.


Defense conference — all day holds the 18th Common Defense Conference, “ComDef2003: Coalitions and Partners.”

Highlights — 9:15 a.m. Adrian Kendry, NATO; Brig. Gen. Jan Petras, Embassy of the Czech Republic; and Vance Renfroe, Minuteman Institute for National Defense Studies

4:45 p.m. — Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina Republican, and Vann Hipp, American Defense International Inc., “View From the Hill”

Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/760-0764.

AmeriCorps testimony — all day AmeriCorps holds a hearing, “Voices for AmeriCorps,” a 100-hour, round-the-clock testimony on Capitol Hill about the importance and effect of national service.

Highlights — 9 a.m. Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican; Matt Brown, Rhode Island secretary of state; Sarah Chester, JumpStart Corps alumna; Rusty O’Kane, JumpStart team leader; and Eric Schwarz, Citizen Schools

Location: 902 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 888/999-0510.

Accounting principles — all day American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a conference, “Can Nonfinancial Indicators Succeed Where GAAP Fails?”

Highlights — 9:50 a.m. James Glassman, AEI; Hans Johnson, Sound Communication; Baruch Lev, New York University; and Peter Wallison, AEI, on how useful the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles are for investors

Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Trade talks — 10 a.m. Public Citizen holds a news briefing on “The State of Play on the Eve of the Ministerial Regarding Agriculture, Antidumping, Services and the ‘Singapore’ Issues.” Participants include Lori Wallach, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch; and Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic and Policy Research. Location: Public Citizen, 1600 20th St. NW. Contact: 202/454-5140 or 202/588-7742.

Global economy — 10 a.m. The World Bank holds a news conference to release a new World Bank report, “Global Economic Prospects 2004: Realizing the Development Promise of the Doha Agenda.” Location: World Bank, 701 18th St. NW, room J-1-050. Contact: 202/473-6735, 202/458-7321.

California recall — 1 p.m. MoveOn.org holds a telephone news conference to announce a major new campaign on the California recall election. Dial-in number, 888/942-8166, pass code, Move On. Location: None. Contact: 415/901-0111.

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