- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 12, 2006


Meets with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the White House.


4 p.m. Energy Information Administrationreleases its weekly on-highway diesel prices report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.


10 a.m. Securities and Exchange Commissionholds a meeting to hear an oral argument on an appeal by Eagletech Communications Inc. from the decision of an administrative law judge. Location: SEC, 100 F St. NE, Auditorium, Room L-002. Contact: 202/551-5400.


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


Meets at noon to consider the tax-relief bill. Roll-call votes are expected to begin at 8 p.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


10 a.m. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committeeholds a hearing, “Hurricane Katrina: Waste, Fraud and Abuse Worsen the Disaster.” Gregory Kutz, Government Accountability Office; Richard Skinner, Homeland Security Department; and Alice Fisher, Hurricane Katrina Fraud Task Force at the Justice Department, testify. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.


Not in session. The House will next meet tomorrow at 2 p.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


Emergency management — all day National Emergency Management Association holds its 2006 midyear conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 11:30 a.m. — Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, delivers remarks.

1:30 p.m. — Dave Paulison, acting director, Federal Emergency Management Agency, “FEMA: Where Do We Go From Here?”

Location: Hilton Alexandria Mark Plaza Hotel, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria. Contact: 859/244-8000.

Mine-safety forum — 10 a.m. House Education and the Workforce Committee Democrats hold a forum on mine safety with family members and victims of the West Virginia and Alabama mining disasters. Reps. George Miller and Henry A. Waxman of California, Nick J. Rahall II of West Virginia and Major R. Owens of New York and Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America, participate. Location: 2261 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3725.

Indian education — 10 a.m. The National Indian Education Association holds a press conference with Ryan Wilson, president of the NIEA, to deliver the “State of Indian Education Address.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/544-7290.

Medal presentation — 10:40 a.m. The Commerce Department sponsors a ceremony to present the National Medals of Technology and the National Medals of Science. Location: The White House, East Room. Contact: 202/482-0149.

Directed Energy — 11 a.m. The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “Directed Energy: The Way Forward,” as part of its “2006 Competitive Technology for National Security Policy Series.” William Baker, chief scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Lt. Col. Jimmy Wallace, deputy director of the Combat Capabilities Division in the Air Force Combat Support Office, U.S. Air Force, participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Budget outlook — noon The Cato Institute holds a press briefing, “The Federal Budget Outlook.” Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/789-5200.

Health insurance plan — noon America’s Health Insurance Plans holds a briefing, “Health Insurance Plan Innovations in Use of Information Technology.” Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of AHIP; Vicky Gregg, president and CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee; and Jerry Senne, CEO of Health First Health Plans, participate. Location: S-207, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/778-8494.

Surveillance discussion — noon The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion with Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, “The NSA (National Security Agency) Surveillance Program: An Indispensable Tool for Protecting America.” Location: CSIS, B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Russian education — noon The Woodrow Wilson Center Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies holds a discussion with Andrei Reznaev of St. Petersburg State University, “Alternative Systems and Structures in Russian Higher Education: Institutional Responses for the 21st Century.” Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, 1 Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., sixth-floor auditorium. Contact: 202/691-4100.

Lincoln’s leadership — 2 p.m. The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission holds a discussion on Abraham Lincoln’s leadership on slavery and race and the continuing issue of racial inequality in American society. The discussion will followed by a performance, at 7 p.m., of “The Lincoln Family Album,” with Hollywood stars Liam Neeson and Holly Hunter.

Highlights — 2 p.m. — Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, and Rep. Ray LaHood, Illinois Republican, opening remarks.

Location: LOC, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Contact: 202/707-1940.

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