A recently elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance’s Board of Directors, G. William (Bill) Hoagland, is also serving as Co-Chair of the Academy's 2011 conference: Meeting Today’s Challenges in Social Security, Health Reform, and Unemployment Insurance.
When not lending his expertise and providing leadership for the Academy, Hoagland is Vice President of Public Policy at CIGNA, a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and security. In this position, he works with business and trade leaders to lead the development of CIGNA’s policy on health care reform issues at the federal and state level.
Most recently, Hoagland was a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Debt Reduction Task Force, headed by Alice Rivlin and former U.S. Senator from New Mexico Pete Domenici. The Task Force issued its consensus recommendations in November 2010, titled “Restoring America’s Future.” Hoagland was also a member of the Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform that issued its recent report, “Getting Back in the Black.”
Prior to his arrival at CIGNA, Hoagland worked in the U.S. Senate for 33 years. While working in the Senate, he served as Director of Budget and Appropriations in the Office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist from January 2003 to December 2006. From 1982 until 2003, Hoagland was a staff member of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee. While on the Budget Committee, he served as staff director and reported to Senator Domenici. Hoagland played a key role in the creation of major budget legislation, such as the 1985 Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Budget Deficit Reduction Act, the 1990 Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act and the historic 1997 Balanced Budget Agreement. In 1981, he served as Administrator of the Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service and as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture.
“If I were asked for the names of the three most informed policy experts on the fiscal challenges facing the United States, Bill Hoagland would certainly be on my list. And he would likely be on the list of most senior federal budget policymakers in Washington, DC,” said former Commissioner of Social Security, Kenneth S. Apfel (also a current Academy Board member and immediate past Chair of the Academy Board). “Bill brings a rare blend of knowledge and insight to the issues, and he combines that blend with another rare quality in Washington: the ability to really listen and understand different views. He is a great asset to the Academy and the country!”
In 2004, the National Association of State Budget Officers honored Hoagland with its Leadership in Budgeting Award. In 2002, he received the James L. Blum Award for Distinguished Service in Budgeting, and most recently, Hoagland was inducted as a Fellow into the National Academy of Public Administration. Roll Call regularly rated him among the “Top 50 Hill Staffers,” and the National Journal listed Hoagland among “The Washington 100 Decision Makers.” His areas of policy expertise include federal Budget policy and procedure, agriculture, income security, food and nutrition policy. He also researches and writes on the federal budget, income distribution and economic policies.
Hoagland, a member of the Academy since 2008, was a speaker at the Academy's 2008 conference on Getting to Universal Health Insurance Coverage. Most recently (October 2010), he spoke at America’s Fiscal Choices: Strengthening our Economy and Building for our Future, hosted by Demos in collaboration with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Economic Policy Institute, and The Century Foundation. Mr. Hoagland attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy and holds degrees from Purdue University and Pennsylvania State University.