NASF Washington Forum

April 25-27, 2017

Washington D.C.


Tuesday, April 19

1:00 – 1:15 PM Opening Remarks
Erik Weyls, Coventya, NASF President
Mike Kelly, ASKO, Chairman, NASF Government Advisory Committee
1:15 – 1:30 PM NASF Update: The Industry Agenda
Christian Richter, The Policy Group
1:30 – 2:30 PM US Manufacturing, Trade and the Global Economy
Dr. Peter Morici, University of Maryland, Formerly Economics Director, International Trade Commission
2:30 – 3:00 PM Metals: Nickel Regulatory Developments: Global Trends Update
Veronique Steukers, Director Health, Environment & Public Policy, The Nickel Institute
3:00 – 3:15 PM Break
3:15 – 3:55 PM OSHA: Federal Workplace Safety & Health Policy in 2016 – An OSHA Chief's View
Ed Foulke, Partner, Fisher & Phillips, LLC; Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, 2006-08
3:55 – 4:35 PM OSHA: A Look Back on the Administration’s Agenda and Future Outlook
Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA
4:35 – 5:15 PM Communicating with Congress: A Chief of Staff’s Advice (from a former NASF Staffer)
Kristen Gentile, Chief of Staff, U.S. Senator Robert Casey (D-PA)
5:15 PM – 5:30 PM Brief Review of Congressional Meeting Materials (Optional)
Christian Richter & Jeff Hannapel, The Policy Group
5:30 – 7:00 PM NASF Forum Reception

Wednesday, April 20

8:00 – 8:30 AM Chemicals: Key Legislative & Regulatory Developments in 2016
Jamie Conrad, Principal, Conrad Counsel
8:30 – 9:00 AM Science: Nickel Developments: Research and Risk Update
Dr. Hudson Bates, Executive Director, Nickel Producers Environmental Research Association
9:00 – 9:30 AM Water: New Standards for Surface Treatment: Pending EPA Effluent Guidelines
Janet Goodwin, Chief, Office of Water, Technology & Statistics Branch
Ahmar Siddiqui, Office of Water, Technology & Statistics Branch
9:30 – 9:40 AM Break
9:40 – 10:30 AM Trade: The Bigger Picture on Pending Trade Agreements with Asia & Europe
James Smith, President, C&M International Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
10:30 – 11:15 AM North American Finishing: A Mexican Industry Perspective
Manuel Garcia, CEO, Bright Finishing, Matamoros, Mexico
11:15 – 11:50 AM Labor: Overtime, Wages, Union Representation and More from DOL & NLRB in 2016
John Remy, Partner, Jackson Lewis
11:50 – 12:00 PM Break
12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch Remarks
Washington Outlook

Stuart Rothenberg, The Rothenberg Report
1:30 – 1:45 PM Coffee
1:45 – 2:30 PM Regulatory Reform: A Canadian Model for the U.S. Congress
Laura Jones, Mercatus Center | Executive Vice President, Canadian Federation of Independent Business
2:30 – 3:15 PM Insurance: Superfund Insurance Rule for Surface Finishing is Coming – A Case Study
Tawny Bridgeford, Deputy General Counsel, National Mining Association
3:15 – 3:30 PM Break
3:30 – 4:30 PM AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: Federal Tax, Budget & Business Outlook
Andrew Friedman, Founder, The Washington Update
4:30 – 5:00 PM Capitol Hill Briefing: Review of Issues for Congressional Visits
Christian Richter and Jeff Hannapel, The Policy Group
6:00 – 8:00 PM NASF Forum Reception on Capitol Hill
The Gold Room, Rayburn House Office Building
Guest: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) | House Select Committee on Intelligence, Ranking Member

Thursday, April 21

7:00 – 8:30 AM NASF Breakfast Briefing
Christian Richter, The Policy Group
Jeff Hannapel, The Policy Group
8:30AM – 5:00PM Congressional Visits

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