January 19 – January 20, 2006
January 19-20, 2006 ~ 18th Annual NASI Conference
Susan M. Daniels, Daniels & Associates
Richard A. Hobbie, National Association of State Workforce Agencies
Gloria T. Johnson, Labor Coalition for Community Action
Why This Topic? Almost all the traditional building blocks of retirement security are changing. The Social Security full benefit retirement age is rising and benefits will replace a smaller share of workers’ earnings than in the past. Employers are cutting back on promised pensions and retiree health benefits. The U.S. job market is changing rapidly and economic risks are shifting from government and employers to individuals. Under these conditions, Americans may need to work longer to make ends meet in old age. Working longer, however, is not for everyone.
How can public policies create effective job opportunities for older workers, while at the same time ensuring appropriate wage replacement for those who lose their jobs or their capacity to work before they are financially able to retire? What policies hold promise for low and moderate-income older workers? The Academy’s 18th annual conference examines how workforce policies, social insurance, and employee benefits might better respond to a changing economy to provide security for low and moderate income older Americans.
– AGENDA AT A GLANCE –
Day One: Thursday, January 19, 2006
9:00am Registration Opens
10:00am Welcome and Opening Speaker
10:30am Session I: BABY BOOMERS AND JOB PROSPECTS
12:30pm Lunch Served
Policy Discussion: OUTSOURCING: BOON OR BANE?
1:45pm Session II: OLDER AND OUT OF WORK: EXPERIENCE AND PROSPECTS
3:30pm Session III: BOOMERS’ WORK AND RETIREMENT PLANS
5:00pm Reception and Presentation of 2006 Heinz Dissertation Award
6:30pm Dinner and NASI 20th Anniversary Celebration
Entertainment by the Capitol Steps
Day Two: Friday, January 20, 2006
8:00am NASI Members Breakfast and Annual Meeting
9:00am Roundtable Discussions – Concurrent Sessions:
- Danger Signals Ahead: Challenges Raised by Public and Professional Knowledge of Retirement Risks and Planning, Anna Rappaport, Moderator
- Increasing Retirement Income Security through Common Sense Reforms, Mark Iwry, Moderator
- Implementing Medicare Part D: The First 60 Days, Marilyn Moon, Moderator, AUDIO WEBCAST and PODCAST AVAILABLE
- Employment for People with Disabilities at a Critical Juncture: Where Do We Go from Here? Ken McGill, Moderator
- What’s Next on Social Security Reform, Kilolo Kijakazi, Moderator
10:30am Session IV: DISABILITY, SOCIAL INSURANCE AND HEALTH COVERAGE AT OLDER AGES
12:30pm Lunch Served
AN OLDER WORKFORCE: LEARNING FROM FOREIGN EXPERIENCE
2:15pm Session V: THE SOCIAL INSURANCE OF PENSIONS: REFORM PROPOSALS FOR THE PBGC
3:30pm Co-chairs Conference Wrap Up
Any refund requests must be made in writing and postmarked no later than January 15, 2006. All refunds are paid by check and assessed a $30 cancellation fee.