On Thursday, Nov. 29, NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg and other business executives attended a three-hour White House Business Council roundtable on the budget, deficit reduction and the "fiscal cliff." The meeting involved presentations and discussion with Council of Economic Advisors Chairman Alan Krueger, OMB Executive Associate Director Bob Gordon, Presidential Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Business Council Executive Director Ari Matusiak and Deputy Director Patrick Hidalgo. After the initial roundtable, White House Domestic Policy Council Senior Policy Advisor for Immigration Felicia Escobar, Senior Advisor to the U.S. CTO for Mobile and Data Innovation Brian Forde, and Director of Business Outreach for the Department of Health and Human Services Sol Ross conducted smaller break-out sessions on immigration, innovation and health care.
NVTC Chair Brad Antle of Salient Federal Solutions, NVTC Vice Chair Sudhakar Kesavan of ICF International and NVTC Board member George Schindler of CGI attended a similar White House roundtable on Monday, Dec. 3. The meeting included remarks by Krueger, Matusiak, Hildago and Ben Page, advisor to the OMB director. After the initial roundtable, U.S. Department of the Treasury Director of Policy Research Charlie Anderson, Export-Import Bank Chairman and President Fred Hochberg, Ross, and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Senior Advisor Nick Sinai conducted smaller break-out sessions on the fiscal cliff, trade and exports, health care and innovation. NVTC Treasurer Robin Lineberger of Deloitte and NVTC Board member Nelson Ford of LMI will attend a roundtable on Thursday, Dec. 6 with other senior White House and administration officials.