President Bush begins a weeklong trip to South America, with stops in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Venezuela.

House Democrats and Republicans begin a series of meetings to select leaders and to reorganize for the 102nd Congress.

Transportation Secretary Samuel K. Skinner signs a U.S.-Mexico charter on tour bus agreements in Mexico City.

Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan Jr. addresses the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration in Tucson.

Health and Human Services Secretary Louis W. Sullivan addresses the Major League Baseball Physicians-Trainers meeting in Chicago. TUESDAY

Defense Secretary Richard B. Cheney meets with Polish government leaders in Warsaw, then travels to Gdansk on Wednesday for a meeting with Lech Walesa.

Education Secretary Lauro F. Cavazos opens a two-day conference to reexamine teacher education. WEDNESDAY

Senate Foreign Relations Committee begins hearings on the Persian Gulf crisis.

House Banking Committee begins hearings on the Resolution Trust Corp.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Edward J. Derwinski addresses the Presidential Awards Luncheon for Outstanding Federal Employees with Disabilities. THURSDAY

House Majority Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.) addresses the Center for National Policy.

Lujan addresses the Colorado River Water Users Association annual meeting in Las Vegas. FRIDAY

Soviet Foreign Ministry spokesman Gennadi Gerasimov is honored by the National Association of Government Communicators.