Friday, February 22, 2008


No public events.


4 p.m. Economic Research Service releases the monthly milk cost of production report (at USDA agricultural outlook forum). Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/694-5050.

5 p.m. Energy Information Administration releases its weekly coal production report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.


9:30 a.m. Federal Communications Commission holds a meeting of the North American Numbering Council. Location: Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC, Portals II, 445 12th St. SW, Suite 5-C162. Contact: 202/418-1466.

9:30 a.m. National Endowment for the Humanities holds a meeting of the National Council on the Humanities to review policies, programs and procedures for carrying out his functions, and to review applications for financial support from and gifts offered to the Endowment. Location: Old Post Office Building, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-8322.


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


Meets at 10 a.m. in a pro forma session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


Not in session, Presidents Day District Work Period. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


1 p.m. Natural Resources insular affairs subcommittee holds a field hearing on “The Economic Effects of the Recently Increased Minimum Wage.” Acting Deputy Assistant Interior Secretary for Insular Affairs Nikolao Pula; and American Samoa Gov. Togiola Tulafono, testify. Location: Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium, American Samoa. Contact: 202/225-6065.


Ag forum — all day The Agriculture Department holds its Agriculture Outlook Forum 2008, “Energizing Rural America in the Marketplace.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlight — 12:15 p.m. — Kenneth Clayson, associate administrator at the Agriculture Marketing Service at the USDA; and Terry Long, chief of fruit and vegetable market news at the service, deliver remarks on horticulture.

Location: Crystal City Marriott Hotel, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/720-5447.

Architects conference — all day The American Institute of Architects holds its 2008 Grassroots Leadership and Legislative conference. Events begin at 8:45 a.m.

Highlights — 8:45 a.m. — Francis Hesselbein, founding president and chairman of the Board of Governors of the Leader to the Leader Institute, delivers a keynote address during the general session on collaborative leadership.

5 p.m. — Karsten Heuer, wildlife biologist, park warden and author, delivers keynote address on “Overcoming Challenges as Experienced through Migrating with the Caribous.”

Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/626-7300.

Foresting forum — 8 a.m. The Education Department’s International Education Programs Service holds a forum on “Fostering Connection, Collaboration and Creative Ideas.”

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Francis Ricciardone Jr. delivers remarks.

Noon — UPS COO David Abney delivers remarks on “Preparing Students to Succeed in a Global Era of Change.”

4 p.m. — Charles Kolb, president of the Committee for Economic Development, delivers remarks.

Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/401-1576.

Russia discussion — 8:30 a.m. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) holds a discussion on “Russia: After the Presidential Election.” Nikolai Petrov, scholar in resident at the Carnegie Moscow Center; and James Collins, director of the Russia and Eurasia Program and senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment, participate. Location: CEIP, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/483-7600.

Energy conference — 9 a.m. The Energy Communities Alliance holds its annual conference.

Highlights — 9:30 a.m. — Assistant Energy Secretary for Environmental Management Jim Rispoli delivers remarks.

10:15 a.m. — Deputy Assistant Energy Secretary for Program Planning and Budget Mark Frei; Martin Schneider, editor-in-chief of Exchange Monitor Publications; and Pam Larsen, executive director of Hanford Communities, participate in a discussion on “DOE Budget Update and Discussion.”

12:15 p.m. — National Nuclear Security Administrator Thomas D’Agostino delivers remarks.

Location: Phoenix Park Hotel, 520 N. Capitol St. NW. Contact: 202/828-2317.

Freedom in Asia — 9 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) holds a discussion on “Strengthening Freedom in Asia: A Twenty-First Century Agenda for the U.S.-Taiwan Partnership.” Dan Blumenthal, Claude Barfield and Danielle Pletka of AEI participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Health care conference — 10 a.m. The Embassy of Sweden holds its Healthcare Innovation Week.

Highlight — 10 a.m. — Program on “Swedish Health Care-Future Business Opportunities”

Location: Embassy of Sweden, 901 30th St. NW. Contact: 202/467-2655; 202/467-2600.

Middle East discussion — 10 a.m. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWC) holds a discussion on “Religious Freedom and Democratization in the Middle East: Links and Challenges.” Thomas Melia, deputy executive director of Freedom House and former director of Middle East Programs at the National Democratic Institute; and Thomas Farr, visiting associate professor of religion and world affairs at Georgetown University and former director of the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom, participate. Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Online shopping — noon The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) holds a discussion on “Opportunities and Barriers in Online Shopping,” with John Horrigan of the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Location: ITIF, 1250 I St. NW, Suite 200. Contact: 202/449-1351.

Bush’s Africa trip — 12:30 p.m. Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) holds a discussion on “Bush’s Trip to Africa: An Analysis,” with former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Herman Cohen, former U.S. ambassador to Senegal and Gambia. Location: SAIS, Bernstein-Offit Building, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room 736. Contact: 202/663-5626.

Election in Pakistan — 12:30 p.m. Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) holds a discussion on “Elections in Pakistan: What Next?” with Hasan-Askari Rizvi, visiting professor at the SAIS South Asia Studies Program. Location: SAIS, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room 806. Contact: 202/663-5626.

Washington’s birthday — 6:30 p.m. George Washington University holds an event to celebrate the birthday of America’s first president, with a bonfire, music, s’mores and a cherry pie-eating contest. Location: GW Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW, Continental Ballroom. Contact: 202/994-6460.

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