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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

-- On the heels of the president's return from his first visit to Iraq since taking office, Vice President Biden and wife Jill Biden travel to Fort Bragg, N.C., to attend a "Welcome Home Ceremony" for members of the 18th Airborne Corps who have returned from Iraq following the end of their second deployment since 2006. Biden will deliver remarks.

-- Amtrak's on the agenda but Joe won't be there. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano holds a midday event at Union Station to announce the Federal Emergency Management Agency's fiscal 2009 Preparedness Grant Allocations.

She will be joined by representatives from FEMA, Amtrak, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration, as well as a preparedness grant-funded Amtrak team of explosives-detecting dogs.

-- Government Executive magazine hosts a leadership breakfast forum at the National Press Club on "Acquisition and Reform: In the Age of Stimulus and Bailout" to discuss contracting at the scale of the stimulus and the president's proposed procurement-process reforms.

Panelists will include: Shay D. Assad, director of defense procurement acquisition policy and strategic sourcing for the Department of Defense; Allan V. Burman, president of Jefferson Solutions and a former administrator for federal procurement policy at the Office of Management and Budget; and Steven J. Kempf, assistant commissioner for acquisition management, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration.

-- The Jewish holiday of Passover begins at sundown.

-- Congress continues its two-week recess.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta

federalcity@washpost.com


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