- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 26, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Signs the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, Room 350, Eisenhower Old Executive Office Building. Meets Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Oval Office. Participates in a joint press availability with Mr. Karzai, East Room. Attends an Iowa, Arkansas and Wisconsin Victory 2006 reception, private residence, Washington.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

2:30 p.m. Treasury Department releases results of weekly three- and six-month bill auctions. Location: 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. Office of the Secretary of Defense holds a meeting of the Advisory Council on Dependents Education to discuss operational qualities of schools and the institutionalized school-improvement processes, as well as other educational matters. Location: 4040 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington. Contact: 703/588-3121.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on “An Update on the New Basel Capital Accord.” Susan Bies, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and Sheila Bair, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., testify. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-739.

2:30 p.m. —Homeland Security and Governmental Affairsfederal financial management, government information and international security subcommittee holds a hearing on “Deconstructing the Tax Code: Uncollected Taxes and Issues of Transparency.” Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Mark Everson and J. Russell George, Treasury inspector general for the Tax Administration, testify. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. for morning hour debate and 10 a.m. to consider the Native American Languages Preservation Act of 2006 to temporarily extend the programs under the Higher Education Act of 1965. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Homeland Security Committeeholds a hearing on major initiatives for the Homeland Security Department in 2007. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff testifies. Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9600.

10 a.m. —International Relations Committeeholds a hearing on “Enhancing the Global Fight to End Human Trafficking.” Ricky Martin, goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and president of the Ricky Martin Foundation; and John Miller, director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, State Department, testify. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Franchise Appreciation Day — all day The International Franchise Association holds its “Annual Franchise Appreciation Day.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlight — 10 a.m. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez delivers remarks.

Location: Capital Hilton hotel, 16th and K streets Northwest. Contact: 202/628-8000.

National security principles — 10 a.m. The National Security Network holds a press conference to announce a new strategy, “National Security Principles.” House intelligence committee ranking member Jane Harman, California Democrat, and former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/289-7211.

Getting results — noon The IBM Center for the Business of Government holds a discussion, “Getting Serious about Government Results.” Office of Management and Budget Director Rob Portman participates. Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/775-2648.

Spellings luncheon — 1 p.m. The National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon Program hosts a discussion on education with Education Secretary Margaret Spellings. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, ballroom. Contact: 202/662-7516.

Afghanistan discussion — 3:30 p.m. The George Washington University holds a discussion, “Afghanistan: Challenges and Opportunities for Economic Development.” Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and Afghan President Hamid Karzai participate. Location: GWU, 805 21st St. NW, Jack Morton Auditorium. Contact: 202/994-6460.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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