The Bipartisan Policy Center Welcomes Capitol Hill Veteran and Budget Expert Bill Hoagland

Aug 22, 2012, 10:56 ET from Bipartisan Policy Center

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is pleased to announce that G. William Hoagland will join its staff as Senior Vice President in September.  In this position, Hoagland will oversee much of BPC's health care and budget work, including its new Health Care Cost Containment Initiative. 

"As a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center's senior staff, Bill brings a wealth of experience from working at the highest levels of the private sector, Capitol Hill and the executive branch – all of which will benefit this growing organization," said former Senate Majority Leader and BPC Founder Bob Dole.  "As budget issues come to the forefront of the debate on the campaign trail and in Congress, Bill will be one of our greatest assets."

Prior to his current position at CIGNA Corporation, Hoagland held several senior staff positions in the U.S. Senate, including Director of Budget and Appropriations for then Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., and as staff director of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee under then Chairman and Ranking Member Pete V. Domenici. 

"Bill was one of my closest advisors in the Senate, and I'm pleased that our paths will cross again at the Bipartisan Policy Center," said Domenici, who is now a Senior Fellow at BPC. "His wealth of budget and health care expertise will be relied on greatly by this organization as our new Health Care Cost Containment Initiative gets underway."

Prior to his time on Capitol Hill, Hoagland served as Administrator of the Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service and as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture in the Reagan administration.  He also worked under Dr. Alice Rivlin, the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office, when the office first opened. 

"Bill's long-standing relationships on Capitol Hill and his proven ability to successfully bring together members of both parties on difficult policy issues make him the ideal person for this position," said former Senate Majority Leader and BPC Founder Tom Daschle.  "His knowledge of health care and budget policy will strengthen our legislative efforts and expand the Bipartisan Policy Center's reach in and outside Washington."

Hoagland was a member of BPC's Debt Reduction Task Force, which released a comprehensive, long-term plan to reduce the debt and place our nation on a sustainable fiscal path, entitled, Restoring America's Future.  The plan, also known as Domenici-Rivlin, has received widespread attention from the administration, Congress, and in the media.

"Bill is widely respected around Washington for his political judgment and policy knowledge," said BPC President Jason Grumet.  "He will provide essential leadership as we continue our work on health policy and debt reduction."

SOURCE Bipartisan Policy Center