Aspen Institute Publications

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Comment Letter: Proposed ERISA Safe Harbor for State Savings Arrangements

January 19, 2016

On January 19, 2016, FSP submitted public comments to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regarding DOL's recent proposal to establish a safe harbor from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) for savings arrangements established by states for non-governmental employees. FSP commends DOL for providing this legal guidance, which FSP believes will reduce confusion and uncertainty in...

Connecting Young Adults To Employment: Results From A National Survey Of Service Providers

Ranita Jain with Maureen Conway and Vickie Choitz
January 19, 2016

America’s youngest workers are facing their most dire employment prospects in recent history. It is estimated that 6.7 million young adults are out of school and out of work. Many organizations – youth development organizations, public workforce organizations, community-based organizations, education organizations, and others – are working hard to provide young adults with the skills and connections...

Tracking Transfer

College Excellence Program, National Student Clearinghouse, and the Community College Research Center at Columbia University
January 19, 2016

This research report recommends a comprehensive set of five measures as a new way to track which institutions are effective in serving transfer students and which states have a robust transfer pipeline from community colleges to four-year schools. Using this common set of metrics for measuring effectiveness, the report examines the average outcomes for students who first started...

Recent Department of Labor Rules Open the Door for States to Move Forward with Retirement Initiatives

January 5, 2016

On November 18, 2015, the Obama Administration's Department of Labor (DOL) published two important legal opinions that propose to give states new options for expanding retirement coverage for private-sector workers. These opinions open the door for states to move forward along one of two distinct paths: a payroll deduction plan that avoids ERISA, or a more traditional model that would fall under ERISA....

The Future of Work for Low-Income Workers and Families

Vickie Choitz with Maureen Conway
December 17, 2015

The Future of Work for Low-Income Workers and Families is a policy brief aimed at state policy advocates and policymakers seeking to help low-income workers and their families secure healthy economic livelihoods as the nature of work evolves in the United...

Blind Spot: America's Response to Radicalism in the Middle East

December 15, 2015

Blind Spot: America's Response to Radicalism in the Middle East is the most recent publication in the Aspen Strategy Group's Policy Books series. This edition is a collection of papers commissioned for the 2015 Aspen Strategy Group Summer Workshop. In response to the evolving challenges extremist groups present in the Middle East, more than 70 leaders in academia, business, government, and...

Reimagining Financial Security: Managing Risk and Building Wealth in an Era of Inequality

December 15, 2015

The 2015 Financial Security Summit, titled Reimagining Financial Security: Managing Risk and Building Wealth in an Era of Inequality, took place July 15–17 in Aspen, Colorado. The Summit agenda built on FSP's core themes of expanding retirement security and children’s savings accounts for low- and moderate-income families, and began to explore a broader vision of how to improve short- and long-...

The New Energy Innovation Economy

Aspen Clean Energy Innovation Forum
Dave Grossman, Rapporteur; Roger Ballentine & Andy Karsner, Co-Chairs
December 15, 2015

The 2015 Clean Energy Innovation Forum, “The New Energy Innovation Economy,” was co-chaired again this year by Roger Ballentine of Green Strategies and Andy Karsner of Manifest Energy.  Topics discussed included the ongoing transformation of the energy user experience; distributed generation and disruption incumbent electricity business model; challenges in bridging the energy...

Data Intelligence for 21st Century Water Management: A Report from the 2015 Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum

Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum
Dave Grossman (Rapporteur); Martin Doyle, Water Policy Program Director, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University; and Nicole Buckley, Assistant Director, Energy & Environment Program, The Aspen Institute
December 9, 2015

The 2015 Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum, brings together each year a select group of water experts with diverse knowledge - from finance and policy to technology and ecosystems - to explore the future of our water system; the role of corporations and municipalities in managing water risk; and the innovations in, and convergence of, water policy, finance, and...

Leaning Into the Energy System of the Future

Energy Policy Forum
Dave Grossman, Rapporteur; Sue Tierney & Clint Vince, Co-Chairs
December 8, 2015

The 2015 Energy Policy Forum, “Leaning Into the Energy System of the Future,” was co-chaired by Sue Tierney, Managing Principal of The Analysis Group and former Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy, and Clint Vince, Chair of the U.S. Energy Practice at Dentons U.S. LLP.  Topics discussed included new global energy pricing realities and the effects on domestic energy; the Clean...

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