Thursday, February 28, 2008


Meets with his economic team at the Labor Department, 200 Constitution Ave. NW.


8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the unemployment insurance claims for the week. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-5902.

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Economic Analysis releases the gross domestic product for 4th quarter of 2007 (preliminary estimate). Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.


8 a.m. — Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting of the Risk Communication Advisory Committee to receive a presentation and discuss the relation of FDA’s risk communication programs and the agency’s responsibilities. Location: Washington DC North/Gaithersburg Hilton, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg. Contact: 301/827-2895.

9 a.m. — National Telecommunications and Information Administration holds a meeting to discuss the midterm review of the joint project agreement between the department and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers on the transition of the technical coordination and management of the Internet Domain Name and Addressing System. Location: Commerce Department, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW, auditorium. Contact: 202/482-0298.


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


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


10 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the Federal Reserve’s Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress. Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben S. Bernanke testifies. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the Transportation Department’s fiscal 2009 budget proposal. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters and Robert A. Sturgell, deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, testify. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0411.

10 a.m. — Environment and Public Works clean air and nuclear safety subcommittee holds a hearing on “Nuclear Regulatory Commission Oversight: Security of Our Nation’s Nuclear Plants.” Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican; Sen. Bob Casey, Pennsylvania Democrat; and NRC Chairman Dale Klein testify. Location: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-8832.

2 p.m. — Appropriations agriculture, rural development and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on food safety and the recent beef recall. Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer, Agriculture Undersecretary for Food Safety Richard Raymond and Agriculture Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Nancy Montanez Johner testify. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.


Meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


9 a.m. — Appropriations energy and water development subcommittee holds a hearing on the Energy Department Budget. Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman testifies. Location: 2362-B Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

9:30 a.m. — Energy and Commerce Committee holds a hearing on “A Review of the Department of Health and Human Services fiscal 2009 Budget.” Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt testifies. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

2 p.m. — Oversight and Government Reform federal workforce, postal service and the D.C. subcommittee holds a markup of legislation of requiring federal agencies to let more employees work from home; and holds a hearing on “Implementation of the Postal Accountability Enhancement Act of 2006.” Postmaster General John Potter, Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman Dan Blair and former Rep. James Bilbray, Nevada Democrat and member of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors, testify. Location: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5051.

2 p.m. — Veterans Affairs economic opportunity subcommittee holds a hearing on “Subprime Mortgage Crisis and America’s Veterans.” Roger Kubarych, chief U.S. economist at UniCredit Markets & Investment Banking and senior fellow for international economics and finance at the Council on Foreign Relations, testify. Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9756.


Homeland Security conference — all day The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association holds its annual Homeland Security Conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — W. Ralph Basham, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, delivers remarks.

2:15 p.m. — Tom Essig, chief procurement officer at the Homeland Security Department, and Greg Rothwell, former procurement officer at the Homeland Security Department, deliver remarks on “Doing Business with the Homeland Security Department.”

Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 703/631-6174.

Seminar — 8 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) holds its Election Watch 2008 seminar, as a part of a series of election updates and analyses. Michael Barone, Karlyn Bowman, John Fortier and Norman Ornstein of AEI participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Event — 8:30 a.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC) holds an address by Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen on trans-Atlantic economic cooperation, climate and energy, and how to meet the political and security policy challenges of today’s world. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Presentation — 9 a.m. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) holds a presentation on “Pension Reform and Longer Life Expectancy: How Does U.S. Policy Compare?” with Edward Whitehouse of the OECD Social Policy Division. Location: B-354 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/785-6323.

Discussion — 10 a.m. The Center for American Progress (CAP) holds a discussion on “Restoring America’s Military After Iraq.” Retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert Scales, chief executive officer of Colgen LP; Air Force Maj. Gen. Paul Selva; and retired Col. T.X. Hammes, author of the “Sling and the Stone,” participate. Location: CAP, 1333 H St. NW, 10th floor. Contact: 202/741-6246.

Press conference — 11 a.m. The Human Resource Initiative for a Legal Workforce hold a press conference on the introduction of an immigration reform bill through worksite enforcement, “The New Employee Verification Act.” Reps. Sam Johnson, Texas Republican; Kevin Brady, Texas Republican; and Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, participate. Location: HC-9, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/822-9491.

Briefing — noon The Radio Frequency Identification Technology Council holds a briefing on “RFID: Enabling the Warfighter.” Senate Indian Affairs Chairman Byron L. Dorgan, North Dakota Democrat; Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican; and Principal Assistant Deputy Defense Undersecretary for Logistics and Material Readiness Alan Estevez participate. Location: 902 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/530-8365.

U.S. and Turkey — noon The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion on “The U.S. and Turkey: Another Honeymoon? Turkish Parliamentarians Discuss the Future of U.S.-Turkish Relations.” Rep. Christopher Shays, Connecticut Republican, and Egemen Bagis, member of Turkish Parliament, participate. Location: 2255 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Briefing — 2 p.m. The Campaign for High School Equity holds a briefing on “English Language Learners in No Child Left Behind: A Civil Rights Imperative.” Rep. Michael M. Honda, California Democrat, and Victor Goode, assistant general counsel of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, participate. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/331-4323.

Film screening — 7 p.m. The Center for American Progress (CAP) and the Washington Informer hold a film screening of “Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story,” which follows three families in a contemporary American battle for equal opportunity. Gene Capello, assistant general counsel at Pfizer Inc., and Andrew Jakabovics, associate director at the Economy Mobility Program at CAP, participate. Location: CAP, 1333 H St. NW, 10th floor. Contact: 202/741-6246.

Dinner and awards ceremony — 7:30 p.m. The National Press Foundation holds its 25th annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony. Thomas Friedman, editorial page columnist at the New York Times and recipient of the W.M. Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award; Gordon Peterson, anchor and senior correspondent of WJLA-TV and recipient of the Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism; and Peter Prichard, president of the Newseum and recipient of the Chairman’s Citation, participate. Location: Hilton Washington Hotel, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-7282 or 202/663-7281.

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