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Congressional Hearings – Jan 5, 2009

January 5th, 2009 by selise

updated 1/7/09

Monday, January 5, 2009

2 pm – House Financial Services
Hearing on: Assessing the Madoff Ponzi and the Need for Regulatory Reform

Witnesses:
Panel 1:

  • H. David Kotz, Inspector General, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Stephen P. Harbeck, President, Securities Investor Protection Corporation

Panel 2:

  • Harry Markopolos, an independent financial fraud investigator for institutional investors and others seeking forensic accounting expertise, as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Allan Goldstein, a retiree and investor with Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities
  • Tamar Frankel, Professor of Law and Michaels Faculty Research Scholar, Boston University School of Law
  • Leon Metzger, adjunct faculty member at Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, and Yale University

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

10 am – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Full Committee briefing entitled, “Investing in Green Technology as a Strategy for Economic Recovery.”

Witnesses:

  • Thomas Friedman, Pulitzer Prize winning author
  • John Doerr, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB)

10:30 am – House Rules
Meeting for the purpose of organizing the committee for the 111th Congress

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

9:30 am – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Full Committee Hearing: to receive testimony on current energy security challenges

10 am – Senate Environment and Public Works
Oversight Hearing on the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Recent Major Coal Ash Spill

Witnesses:
Panel 1:

  • Tom Kilgore, President and CEO, Tennessee Valley Authority

Panel 2:

  • Stephen A. Smith DVM, Executive Director, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
  • William "Howie" Rose, Director of Emergency Management Services, Roane County, Tennessee

10 am – Senate Judiciary
Hearing on "Helping State and Local Law Enforcement During an Economic Downturn"

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Hearing for Secretary of Health and Human Services-Designate, Former Senate Majority Leader Thomas A. Daschle

Witness:

  • Thomas A. Daschle, Former Majority Leader of the United States Senate, Aberdeen, SD

10 am – Senate Budget
The CBO Budget and Economic Outlook

Witness:

  • Robert A. Sunshine, Acting Director, Congressional Budget Office

2 pm – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Witnesses:

  • Charles E. Allen , Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis and Chief Intelligence Officer , U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Arthur M. Cummings , Executive Assistant Director, National Security Branch , Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice
  • The Honorable Raymond W. Kelly , Police Commissioner , City of New York

Friday, January 9, 2009

9:30 am – Joint Economic Committee
In the Wake of 11 Months of Job Losses, the JEC Will Examine New Employment Figures from Bureau of Labor Statistics and Assess the Need for a Significant Economic Stimulus Package

Witness:

  • Dr. Keith Hall, Commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics

10 am – House Financial Services
FHA Oversight of Loan Originators

9:30 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Confirmation Hearing for Secretary of Labor-Designate, Rep. Hilda L. Solis

Witness:

  • Jeff Levi, Executive Director, Trust for America’s Health, Washington, DC

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

9 am – Senate Budget

  • The Nomination of Dr. Peter R. Orszag, of Massachusetts, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget
  • and

  • The Nomination of Robert L. Nabors II, of New Jersey, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget

10 am – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Hearing to consider the nomination of Steven Chu to be Secretary of Energy

10 am – Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
Nomination Hearing

Witnesses:

  • Shaun Donovan , Secretary-Designate, New York, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Confirmation Hearing for Secretary of Education-Designate, Mr. Arne Duncan

10:30 am – Senate Environment and Public Works
Hearing on the Nominations of Lisa P. Jackson to be Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Nancy Helen Sutley to be Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

10 am – Senate Agriculture
Hearing to Consider the Nomination of Gov. Thomas J. Vilsack, of Iowa, to be Secretary of Agriculture

10 am – House Small Business Open Forum on “The State of the Small Business Economy and Identifying Policies to Promote an Economic Recovery.”

10 am – Senate Veterans Affairs
Hearing on the nomination of Eric Shinseki to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs

2 pm – Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs
The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will hold two back-to-back hearings to consider the nominations of:

  • Peter R. Orszag to be Director, Office of Management and Budget
  • and

  • Robert L. Nabors II to be, Deputy Director, Office of Management and Budget

Thursday, January 15, 2009

9:30 am – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Full Committee Hearing: to consider the nomination of Ken Salazar to be Secretary of the Interior

9:30 am – Senate Judiciary
Hearing on the nomination of Eric H. Holder Jr., to be Attorney General of the United States.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

9:30 am – Senate Armed Services
To receive testimony on the challenges facing the Department of Defense.

Witness:

  • Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense

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