TODAY

*National Governors' Association 77th meeting runs through Tuesday in Boise. Events today will include meetings of the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Protection and the Committee on Energy and Environment at 9:45 a.m. and a plenary discussion at 2:45 p.m. Events Tuesday include a final plenary session chaired by Kansas Governor John Carlin (D) at 9:30 a.m. and a meeting of the new Executive Committee and Standing Committee Chairmen at 12:45 p.m. Call 208/338-5700 for information.

*The National Conference of State Legislatures holds its 11th annual meeting through Friday in Seattle. The meeting features discussions of U.S. economic competitiveness, the impact of the news media on political institutions and health-care cost containment. Call 206/464-7603 for information.

*Inter-American Conference on Food Protection opens at 10 a.m. and continues throughout the week, with agriculture, health and trade ministers representing 37 countries, in the auditorium of the Pan American Health Organization, 525 23rd St. NW. Call 861-3190 for information. TUESDAY

*Commerce Secretary Malcolm Baldrige holds a news conference to discuss plans for a Sino-American conference on American telecommunications technology in China, 10:30 a.m., Room 4830, Commerce Department, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Call 377-3263 for information. WEDNESDAY

*Heritage Foundation sponsors a discussion with Patrick McGuigan on "How Conservatives Have Changed the Political Landscape Through Direct Democracy: Lessons for the Third Generation," 6 to 7:30 p.m., Louis Lehrman Auditorium, at the foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Reservations requested; call Carole Schabow at 546-4400, ext. 452, for information.

*Vehicle Radar Safety Systems holds a news conference to demonstrate a radar collision warning system that has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission and is now available, 10:30 a.m., News Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Call 662-7502 for information.

*The Commerce Department reports on second quarter merchandise trade, balance of payments basis. THURSDAY

*The Social Security system is the subject of a news conference conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons and the research firm Yankelovich, Skelly and White, 10 a.m., News Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW.

*The Federal Reserve reports on money stock measures and factors affecting reserves of depository. FRIDAY

*The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports on July producer prices. The Federal Reserve reports on the condition of large commercial banks.