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NAMIC Government Affairs Conference, October 10-11, 2013, Washington Court Hotel | Washington D.C.

Event Contact

Larry Baile

Larry Baile
AVP - Convention & Association Services

General Information

The Government Affairs Conference is an annual two-day seminar that provides participants with an opportunity to identify and critically examine emerging trends in public policy that relate to the business of insurance; to explore alternative perspectives on contemporary issues; and to develop innovative strategies to achieve NAMIC public policy objectives.

The conference utilizes a highly interactive format in which member company representatives, NAMIC staff, and outside issue experts analyze, deliberate, and debate a set of issues organized around an overarching theme. The summit culminates in a group discussion to select a topic for that year's NAMIC Issue Analysis, a major public policy monograph published annually by the association.

Both the NAMIC Federal Affairs Committee (FAC) and State Affairs Committee (SAC) committee meetings are held in conjunction with this event.

We specifically develop our event programming with our members in mind. NAMIC is comprised of a diverse membership and there are a variety of events to meet your needs. This seminar is designed for anyone with an interest in how public policy affects the business of insurance.

This event is intended for:

CEOs, Government Affairs staff, and in-house counsel of NAMIC member companies.


"I believe that a lecture and discussion on the philosophy of what constitutes good public policy is essential to evaluating much of the new proposed legislation……..Also, it provides an opportunity to hear and contemplate new ideas on subjects that are important to all of us in the insurance industry."

–2009 Public Policy Participant



Conference Registration Fees

Registrations recieved on or before Friday, September 13, 2013 are applicable to receive the early bird discount.


On or before
September 13, 2013

On or after
September 14, 2013




SAC & FAC Committee members



First Time Attendees

We want to know if this is your first time to participate in the NAMIC Government Affairs Conference (formerly the Public Policy Summit) so we can get to know you better. Don't be shy, please indicate on your registration form if you are a first time attendee.

Registration Confirmation

You will receive a detailed e-mail confirmation upon successful completion of the registration process for this event; please make sure to enter a valid e-mail address on the registration form. If you have any questions regarding your registration, please e-mail or call (800) 336-2642.

Registration Cancellations

All registration cancellations and transfers MUST be made in writing. Cancellations received on or before September 13, 2013 are 100 percent refundable. After September 14, 2013, a $25 processing fee will be deducted. Refunds will be issued within 15 business days after receipt of the cancellation notice. No refunds are available after September 27, 2013, so please plan accordingly. You may substitute a participant at no additional charge. Please forward all requests to or fax (317) 876-6213. Cancelling a seminar registration with NAMIC does not cancel a hotel reservation.


In accordance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we invite all registrants to advise us of any disability and any requests for accommodation to that disability. Please submit your request as far in advance of the program as possible.

What to Wear

The suggested dress code for this meeting is business casual.


If you have any questions regarding your registration, e-mail or call (800) 336-2642. If you have any questions regarding the seminar, e-mail or call (800) 336-2642 ext. 1058.


Subject to change without notice.

Thursday, October 10

8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Federal Affairs Committee and State Affairs Committee Meetings (by invitation only)

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Luncheon: Tort Reform - Update, Opportuninties, and Challenges
Mark Behrens will briefly review tort reform initiatives undertaken in the states in 2013 and will look ahead to what the legislative landscape for tort reform will look like in 2014.

Mark Behrens, Partner
Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP
Washington, D.C.

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Panel: Federal Tax Reform: How Will it Affect Insurers?
As policymakers prepare to debate and craft comprehensive tax reform for the first time in more than 27 years, it is imperative that decision-makers understand the business of property/casualty insurance and its fundamental differences from other financial services sectors. This panel discussion will explore the many possible scenarios for tax reform during the 113th Congress and their possible effects on the insurance industry both domestically and abroad in order to better prepare the industry for the expected change.

Ann Cammack, Majority Tax Counsel
Senate Finance Committee
Washington, D.C.

Julie Gackenbach, Principal
Confrere Strategies
Washington, D.C.

Ed McClellan, Principal
PricewaterhouseCoopers Washington National Tax Service Legislative & Regulatory Practice
Washington, D.C.

Irica Solomon, Vice President - Federal & Political Affairs
Washington, D.C.

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.


2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Panel: Cyber Security: The Emerging Debate Over How Virtual Information Should Be Controlled and Protected
Cyber attacks are serious threats to the nation’s digital infrastructure, and they have the potential for a significant negative impact on the ability of property/casualty insurers to protect their policyholders. This panel will discuss the nature and extent of cyber attacks today and consider policy approaches that could help insurers and policyholders defend against cyber attacks now and in the future.

Alan Butler, Appellate Advocacy Counsel
Electronic Privacy Information Center
Washington, D.C.

Donna Dodson, Cybersecurity Advisor
National Institute of Standards & Technology
Gaithersburg, Md.

Christine Marciano, President
Cyber Data Risk Managers
Princeton, N.J.

Paul Rosenzweig, Founder
Red Branch Law & Consulting
Washington, D.C.

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.


4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Panel: Telematics: The New Auto Insurance Paradigm
Automotive companies are increasingly embedding telematics in vehicles in order to monitor system failures and vehicle performance while also meeting user demand for wireless connectivity. By the end of 2018, the proportion of new vehicles sold with embedded telematics is likely to reach 80 percent of vehicles on the road in the United States and 46 percent globally, according to iSuppli. Auto insurers will need to consider new business models to meet this user demand for usage-based insurance. Meanwhile, the development of insurance products that make use of this emerging technology will no doubt give rise to calls for new forms of regulation. This panel will examine possible regulatory responses to the new auto insurance paradigm.

Steven H. Bayless, Senior Director, Telecommunications and Telematics
Intelligent Transportation Society of America
Washington, D.C.

Matt Clifford, Senior Consultant
New York, N.Y.

Allen Greenberg, Senior Policy Analyst
Federal Highway Administration
Washington, D.C.

Brooke Stringer, Financial Policy/Legislative Advisor
National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Washington, D.C.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.


Friday, October 11

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Panel: Reforming the NAIC
In recent years, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners has undertaken a series of financial regulation reforms. Additional reforms are needed in areas such as market conduct regulation and producer licensing, but one area of potential reform that is generally overlooked concerns the NAIC itself. The organization is often criticized for its structural incoherence, bloated budget, lack of accountability, and lack of transparency as evidenced by the prevalence of regulator-only meetings. Indeed, despite an official policy declaring that all NAIC meetings and conference calls should be open to the public, it is increasingly apparent that the NAIC’s most important discussions and decision-making take place in private meetings with little or no public input.

This panel will explore possible structural and procedural reforms that could enhance the NAIC’s credibility and effectiveness as a regulatory standard-setting organization.

Neil Alldredge, Senior Vice President State & Policy Affairs
Indianapolis, Ind.

Nat Shapo, Partner
Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP
Chicago, Ill.

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Discussion of Issue Analysis Paper Topic with Working Lunch
Conference participants will join NAMIC staff in discussing possible topics for the association’s next Issue Analysis public policy monograph.

1:30 p.m.

Conference Concludes

Where to Stay

Washington Court Hotel

Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Phone: (202) 628-2100

Hotel Overview

A sophisticated, independent hotel located in downtown Washington DC, the Washington Court Hotel offers the ultimate in modern design and hospitality. Boasting a central location near Union Station and Capitol Hill, the Washington Court Hotel is a distinguished downtown destination.

Event Hotel Rate And Cut Off Date

Rate: $259.00 plus taxes per night for single/double occupancy.

Attendees at this event are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements. NAMIC has contracted a room block for attendees at the Washington Court Hotel. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until Monday September 18, 2013 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. While NAMIC studies past attendance trends and the needs of our members, we cannot guarantee rooms will be available. Please plan ahead and secure your reservation as soon as possible to receive the group rate.

Hotel Reservations

To reserve your room by phone, contact the Washington Court Hotel directly at (800) 321-3010 and mention the NAMIC conference order to receive our special group rate.

Please contact Sarah Schnettler if you encounter any problems with making hotel reservations.


Travel Information

Getting to the Washington Court Hotel
Located near Union Station and Capitol Hill, the Washington Court Hotel is conveniently located for all travelers. For customized driving directions, please visit for their preferred mapping website.

Airport Information

When traveling to the nation's capital, experience the convenience of a choice of three major airports - Reagan National (DCA), Washington Dulles (IAD), and Baltimore Washington International (BWI). Take the Metro subway Yellow Line from Reagan National. Shuttles and taxis are also available at the three major airports.

For your convenience, the Metro website has additional information about service, times and routes.












Area Attractions

While visiting Washington, D.C, you will want to be sure to visit many of the area's local attractions. There's something for everyone in Washington, whether you want to take in museums, go shopping, or just explore the city. Check out for more information.














Sponsorship Opportunities

Consider partnering with NAMIC through our educational events. Your partnership helps keep registration fees to a minimum for member companies and make our industry stronger. Several options are available for your consideration and we are happy to create something unique to meet your needs.

For more information on sponsoring at the NAMIC Government Affairs Conference, contact NAMIC's Advertising, Sponsorship, & Exhibit Hall Manager, Aaron Lifford at (800) 336-2642 ext. 1055.











Frequently Asked Questions

What is the suggested attire for meetings and the farm inspection & tour?
Business Sessions – Business casual
Meal Functions & Welcome Reception – Business Casual

What registration payment options are available?
The online registration system accepts credit card payments, check payments and multiple registrations under the same payment method. There is no charge for Federal Affairs or State Affairs Committee members attending this conference.

When and how is registration confirmation sent?
Confirmation is sent via email so please enter a valid email address. If registering more than one person at a time you will need to forward the confirmation email to each delegate. You will receive your confirmation the quickest if you are paying online.

Does my registration include a hotel reservation?
No, you will need to contact the Washington Court Hotel directly to make a room reservation. NAMIC has contracted a room block for attendees at the Washington Court Hotel. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, September 18, 2013 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. Please plan ahead and secure your reservation as soon as possible to receive the group rate. Refer to the NAMIC group rate when making your reservation at the hotel.

What does my registration include?
In an effort to provide our sponsors, speakers, and attendees the best level of service, we will send an electronic list of current registrants for events* to the attendee or email listed as the main contact as follows:

  • Attendees: 30 days in advance of the event and with the pre-conference communication sent seven to ten business days in advance of the event.

  • Speakers: 60 days, and 30 days in advance of the event.

NAMIC will post the list of registrants for all events including name, title, and company name approximately 30 days in advance of the event. Questions can be directed to the event's meeting planner .


State Affairs and Federal Affairs Committee Registration Register
If you are a member of either of these committees, please register here.

NAMIC Member Registration Register
Register now for this event. Note, only NAMIC member company personnel can register for this conference.















Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013 11:05:28 AM. Modified: Friday, October 04, 2013 2:04:35 PM.

Our Event Sponsors

Title Sponsor:

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