G. William Hoagland is a senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). Hoagland has completed 33 years of federal government service, 25 spent as staff in the U.S. Senate. In 2007 CIGNA Corporation appointed him as vice president of public policy to work with CIGNA business leaders, trade associations, business coalitions, and interest groups to develop CIGNA policy particularly on health care reform issues at both the federal and state levels. Prior to coming to CIGNA from January 2003 to January 2007, he served as the director of budget and appropriations in the office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. (R-TN). In this role he served as a liaison to the leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives. He assisted in evaluating the fiscal impact of major legislation and helped to coordinate budget policy for the Senate leadership.
From 1982 until 2003, Hoagland was a staff member of the Senate Budget Committee, serving as that committee’s staff director from 1986 to 2003, reporting to Senator Pete V. Domenici (R-NM), chairman and ranking member during this period. He participated in major federal budget legislation including the 1985 Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Budget Deficit Reduction Act, the 1990 Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act and the historic 1997 Balanced Budget Agreement. In 1981 Hoagland served as the administrator of the Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service and as a special assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture. He was one of the first employees of the then newly created Congressional Budget Office in 1975, working with its first director, Alice Rivlin.
The 1997 and 2005 National Journal listed him as one of the Washington 100 Decision Makers and referred to him as a “bottom-liner who is not a hard-liner.” Roll Call, the daily publication of Capitol Hill consistently named Hoagland as one of the top 50 Hill Staffers. In 2002, he received the James L. Blum Award from Distinguished Service in Budgeting. The National Association of State Budget Officers honored him in 2004 with its Leadership in Budgeting Award and in 2006 he was inducted as a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration. Hoagland is an affiliate professor of public policy at the George Mason University and a board member of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget; National Campaign’s Public Policy Advisory Group focusing on teen pregnancy and unwanted pregnancy; the National Academy of Social Insurance; and the National Advisory Committee to the Workplace Flexibility 2010 Commission. In 2009 he was appointed to the Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform examining the overall structure of the budget, authorization, and appropriations process and was a member of BPC’s Debt Reduction Task Force that published Restoring America’s Future in November 2010.
Born in Covington, Indiana, he attended the U.S. Maritime Academy and holds degrees from Purdue University (B.S.) and the Pennsylvania State University (M.S.). His family’s Indiana family farm was awarded by that state as a “Hoosier Homestead” for having remained in the family for over a century.