- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 16, 2006


Attends a St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon at the U.S. Capitol; participates in a photo opportunity with recipients of the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor at the White House; attends a National Republican Congressional Committee dinner at the Washington Hilton and Towers.


8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases the new residential construction figures for February. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.


9:30 a.m. Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a meeting to receive a briefing on Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation programs, performance and plans. Location: NRC, 11555 Rockville Pike, Commissioners’ Conference Room, Rockville. Contact: 301/415-1275.


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


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


9:30 a.m. Appropriations Transportation, Treasury, the Judiciary and Housing and Urban Development subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2007 appropriations for the Transportation Department and Amtrak. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta; David Hughes, president and chief executive officer of Amtrak; David Laney, chairman of the Amtrak Board of Directors, testify. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

9:30 a.m. — Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs federal financial management, government information and international security subcommittee holds a hearing, “Earmark Reform: Understanding the Obligation of Funds Transparency Act.” Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican; Rep. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican; and Tom Schatz, president of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, testify. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

10:30 a.m. — Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing, “Enhancing Public Health and Medical Preparedness: Reauthorization of Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act.” Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt and Leah Devlin, president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and director of the North Carolina Department of Public Health, testify. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.


Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the fiscal 2006 “Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Hurricane Recovery” and the “Online Freedom of Speech Act.” Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


10 a.m. Financial Services Committee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2007 budget and oversight of the Housing and Urban Development Department. HUD Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson testifies. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

10 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure highways, transit and pipelines subcommittee holds a hearing on pipeline safety regulations administered since the passage of the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002. Brigham McCown, acting chief of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and Todd J. Zinser, acting inspector general for the Transportation Department, testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

10 a.m. — Ways and Means Social Security subcommittee holds a hearing, “Social Security Number High-Risk Issues: Social Security Cards,” focusing on card fraud. Patrick O’Carroll, inspector general for the Social Security Administration, testifies. Location: B-318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.


Freedom of Information Day Conference — all day The First Amendment Center holds its “2006 National Freedom of Information Day Conference.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 9:45 a.m. — Daniel J. Metcalfe of the Justice Department, Thomas S. Blanton of the National Security Archive at George Washington University and Tom Susman of Ropes and Gray LLP, “[Freedom of Information Act’s] Past, Present and Future”

10:30 a.m. — Danielle Brian of the Project on Government Oversight, Tom Devine of the Government Accountability Project, former FBI official Michael German, Louis Fisher of the Congressional Research Service and Mark Tapscott of the Heritage Foundation, “Whistleblowers: Patriots or Traitors?”

Location: The Freedom Forum World Center, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Contact: 703/284-2895.

Ukrainian election — 9 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a discussion with Ukrainian Ambassador Oleh Shamshur, “Ukraine’s Parliamentary Election: The Latest Battle in the Orange Revolution.” Location: RFE/RL, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth-floor conference room. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Hispanics’ financial future — noon Genworth Financial holds a press briefing on “The Financial Future of U.S. Hispanics.” U.S. Treasurer Anna Escobedo Cabral participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Holeman Lounge. Contact: 303/913-2319.

Gray wolves — noon Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton holds a conference call briefing to make an announcement on the status of gray wolves in the Great Lakes region under the Endangered Species Act. H. Dale Hall, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, participates. Contact: 202/501-4633.

National Agriculture Day — 12:30 p.m. The Agriculture Council of America hosts a National Agriculture Day luncheon featuring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republican, as the keynote speaker. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Ballroom. Contact: 913/491-1895.

Medal ceremony — 3:30 p.m. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales hosts a Justice Department ceremony honoring the recipients of the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor. It is the highest national award honoring heroic action performed above and beyond the call of duty. Regina B. Schofield, assistant attorney general for the Office of Justice Programs, participates. Location: Justice Department, 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Great Hall. Contact: 202/307-0703.

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