- The Washington Times - Friday, February 17, 2006


Intelligence lecture — 11:30 a.m. — Georgetown University hosts a lecture, “Intelligence Reform: Challenges and Opportunities,” by National Intelligence Director John D. Negroponte. Location: Georgetown University, 37th and O streets Northwest, Gaston Hall. Contact: 202/687-4328.

Cuban baseball — 2 p.m. — The Inter-American Dialogue holds a discussion on Cuban baseball and the state of sports diplomacy between the United States and Cuba. Participants include Kevin Baxter of the Miami Herald, Stephen Johnson of the Heritage Foundation and author Tim Wendel. Location: Inter-American Dialogue, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/463-2932.


Participates in a briefing at U.S. Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Fla.; delivers remarks on the war on terror; attends a Republican Party of Florida dinner at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Orlando, Fla.


11 a.m. — Delivers remarks at the Wyoming Legislature budget session.


8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the producer price indexes for January. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.


8:30 a.m. — Energy Department holds a meeting of the Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee to provide advice on the basic energy sciences research program. Location: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road. Contact: 301/903-4563.

9 a.m. — Federal Aviation Administration holds a meeting of the Special Committee 209, Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System/Mode Select Transponder. Location: RTCA Inc., 1828 L St. NW, Suite 805. Contact: 202/833-9339.


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


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


Not in session. The House will reconvene Feb. 28. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


10 a.m. — Government Reform Committee holds a field hearing, “Installation of In-Line Baggage Screening Systems: Increasing Safety and Efficiency for Travelers to and From Our Nation’s Capital.” Witnesses include Randal Null, assistant administrator for operational process and technology at the Transportation Security Administration, and James Bennett, president and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Location: Washington Dulles International Airport, Chantilly Room. Contact: 202/225-5074.


Financial literacy — all day — National Black Caucus of States Institute holds its second national symposium on financial literacy. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Barbara Blackmon, institute president, and Linda Wallace, executive director, give welcoming remarks.

9:15 a.m. — “The State of Financial Literacy in African-American Communities: A Legislative, Agency and Practitioner Perspective”

11:30 a.m. — Press conference

2:30 p.m. — “Understanding Credit as a Key Component of Financial Literacy Education: Policies and Strategies”

Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 919/620-8878, 919/946-3555 or 410/707-9526.

Citizen diplomacy — all day — National Council for International Visitors holds its national meeting, “International Understanding Through Citizen Diplomacy.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlight — 1:45 p.m. — Concurrent sessions: “Working With [English Language Officers] and Interpreters”; “What You Need to Know About Protocol”; “Understanding Cultural Differences”; “Regional Briefing: North Africa/Near East”; “Journalism and Public Opinion in the Digital Age”

Location: Loews L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L’Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 202/203-7613 or 202/203-7026.

Agriculture forum — all day — The Agriculture Department holds a forum, “Prospering in Rural America.” Events begin at 7 a.m.

Highlight — 3:15 p.m. — Joe Glauber, deputy chief economist for the Agriculture Department, “Risk: The Five-Year Check-Up — An Evaluation of the Agricultural Risk Protection Act”

Location: Marriott Crystal Gateway, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/720-2831.

Health fair — 8 a.m. — Sister to Sister holds its annual National Woman’s Heart Day Health Fair.

Highlight — 10:45 a.m. — First lady Laura Bush visits the fair.

Location: MCI Center, Seventh and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/237-2080.

Southeast Europe — 10 a.m. — The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) holds a discussion, “Southeast Europe: Regional Aspects of the Fight Against International Terrorism and Organized Crime,” with Bulgarian Interior Minister Rumen Petkov. Location: CSIS, B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Auto industry hearing — 10 a.m. — The Senate Democratic Policy Committee holds a hearing on the effects of trade agreements on the U.S. auto industry and its workers. Witnesses include Sen. Byron L. Dorgan, North Dakota Democrat; Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat; and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan Democrat. Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 485. Contact: 202/224-2551.

Zoller luncheon — noon — The Heritage Foundation and the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Center hold a Conservative Women’s Network Luncheon with Martha Zoller, author of “Indivisible: Uniting Values for a Divided America.” Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Film screening — noon — The National Archives holds a film screening of Part 3 of the 2002 PBS documentary “Benjamin Franklin” in celebration of the statesman’s 300th birthday. Location: National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/357-5300 or 301/837-1700.

Trucking industry — 12:30 p.m. — The Transportation Table holds a discussion, “Stabilizing the Future of the Trucking Industry,” with Jim Johnston, president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/355-1141.

Asian economic integration — 12:30 p.m. — The Council on Foreign Relations holds a meeting, “Asian Economic Integration and New Initiatives in Poverty Reduction,” with Haruhiko Kuroda, president of the Asian Development Bank. Location: CFR, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/518-3428.

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