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Feb. 2, 2007
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Secretary Kempthorne to Discuss Administration's Proposed Fiscal Year 2008 Budget for Interior

Washington, DC – On Monday, Feb. 5, 2007, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne will discuss the administration's proposed FY 2008 budget for the Department of the Interior at a 1 p.m. EST briefing in the Sidney R. Yates auditorium of the Main Interior Building.

Secretary Kempthorne will provide an overview of the budget and highlight key priorities and major initiatives. Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget Tom Weimer will discuss Interior’s plan for achieving the department’s key goals in FY 2008. A news media availability with Secretary Kempthorne, Assistant Secretary Weimer and Deputy Secretary Lynn Scarlett will follow the presentation. Assistant secretaries and bureau representatives will also be available for questions. Detailed information on specific programs and projects can be obtained from departmental and bureau representatives in the auditorium after the presentation.

The conference will be broadcast live by satellite with closed-circuit captioning. A “listen-only” phone bridge also is available. Reporters unable to attend the briefing may e-mail budget-related questions or telephone Interior’s Office of Communications and an appropriate Interior representative will either respond by e-mail or return the call.

News media representatives in the Washington, D.C., area should enter the
C Street entrance of the Main Interior Building, present photo identification at the entrance to the auditorium and sign in at the media information desk to receive budget background material. All video and other recording equipment will have to be examined by security personnel. Those who need to set up equipment should arrive early.

WHO: Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and Assistant Secretary Tom Weimer
WHAT: News Conference on FY 2008 Budget for the Interior Department
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 5, 2007 at 1 p.m. EST
WHERE: Main Interior Building, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20240
SATELLITE: C-Band; Galaxy 16 (G 16)); 99 Degrees West; Transponder: 10; Polarity: Vertical; Downlink Frequency: 3900 MHZ; Test Signal: 12:45 p.m. to 1 p.m. EST; Program Time: 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. EST
PHONE BRIDGE: The toll-free call number is (888) 577-8990. The passcode (10856) and the leader's name (Robert Lunn) are required to join the call.
E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR QUESTIONS: budgetquestions08@ios.doi.gov
TECHNICAL QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS: For technical problems on the day of the broadcast, call 202-208-4858. For technical information before the broadcast, contact Mike Mason at (202) 208-3412; cell: (202) 437-8469; fax: (202) 208-4850; e-mail: mailto:J_Mike_Mason@NBC.gov
Time Zone Reference
City Test Signal Program Starts Program Ends
Alaska Standard Time 8:45 am 9:00 am 10:45 am
Pacific Standard Time 9:45 am 10:00 am 11:45 am
Mountain Standard Time 10:45 am 11:00 am 12:45 pm
Central Standard Time 11:45 am 12:00 Noon 1:45 pm
Eastern Standard Time. 12:45 pm 1:00 pm 2:45 pm
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