Hugo Gurdon, Editor-in-Chief, The Hill
Jack Gerard, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Petroleum Institute
Welcome Remarks Hugo Gurdon, Editor-in-Chief, The Hill Opening Remarks Jack Gerard, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Petroleum Institute
BPC hosted a discussion on the status of U.S. homeland security ten years after the September 11th attacks, including why the 9/11 Commission and the implementation of its recommendations were so successful. BPC's National Security Preparedness Group, led by Governor Thomas Kean and Congressman Lee Hamilton, released a report card on the unfinished Commission recommendations.
UPDATE: Read a blog post recapping the event here.
During the more than forty years of commercial nuclear power operations in the U.S., a few watershed events have driven significant changes in Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations and nuclear industry operations. Lessons learned from the 1975 Brown’s Ferry Fire, the 1979 Three Mile Island accident, and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks have strengthened policies and practices based on improved understanding of nuclear safety and security.
As the events surrounding the Fukushima Dai-ichi incident become clearer, efforts are already underway at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, within industry, and among other stakeholders to glean and apply the lessons learned from this incident. BPC hosted a discussion with policymakers and experts on the potential ramifications of the Fukushima incident and how new insights may be incorporated into U.S. regulations and operations.
State-based health insurance exchanges are a mechanism to buy private insurance beginning in 2014. Through panel discussions with state leaders and stakeholders, the briefing explored progress on the exchanges and identified next steps.
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s Subcommittee on Terrorism held a hearing to examine the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Security Preparedness Group’s recent report, Preventing Violent Radicalization in America.
From record-breaking floods, wildfires and tornadoes, to oil spills and terrorist threats, state governments frequently confront and must respond to natural and man-made disasters. BPC's Governors' Council examined the challenge of managing a diverse set of disaster scenarios, discussed the importance of strong leadership and communication during times of crisis, and debated the federal government's response to disaster preparedness as Congress and the Administration consider steep spending cuts.
BPC Senior Fellows Secretary Dan Glickman and Senator Pete Domenici held a reception to welcome BPC's new class of senior fellows, a group National Journal calls a "roster of political all-stars." Senators Bob Bennett, Byron Dorgan, Bill Frist, Trent Lott, and General (ret.) Jim Jones, along with Domenici and Glickman, have made BPC "one of Washington's most attractive destinations for former lawmakers, Cabinet officials and others."
The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) held the
National Summit on Energy Security
Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE)
Electrification Coalition (EC)
Energy security is at the intersection of many issues facing the nation right now. Middle East unrest has sent oil and gas prices to near record levels - threatening economic recovery and underscoring our vulnerability. The National Summit brought attention to the economic and national security threats posed by our dependence on oil, and highlighted solutions to this growing problem.
The Health Information Technology and Delivery Transformation Summit brought together leaders across every sector of health care, to share principles, strategies and best practices for aligning health information technology investments with health care reform - with a particular focus on delivery system reforms, including ACOs, the patient-centered medical home and value-based purchasing and performance reporting initiatives.