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Consumer Assembly 2013 Final Program (pdf)

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

8:45am-9:00am

Welcome/Introduction
 
Stephen Brobeck, Executive Director
Consumer Federation of America

9:00am-9:20am

Transparency and a Level Playing Field
 
The Honorable Elizabeth Warren
United States Senate            
 
9:20am-9:50am
 
America’s Current Politics: The Consumer’s Perspective
 
Scott Keeter, Director of Survey Research
Pew Research Center

9:50am-10:50am                  

Does Cost-Benefit Analysis Promote or Impede Sensible Regulation?          
 
Robert Adler, Commissioner
Consumer Product Safety Commission
 
Dan Berkovitz, General Counsel
U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
 
Mercer Bullard, President & Founder
Fund Democracy, Inc.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

11:00am-12:15pm                

How Seriously do Smartphones Erode Privacy?
 
Joanne McNabb, Director of Privacy Education and Policy
Office of the Attorney General, California
 
Jon Potter, President
Application Developers Alliance
 
Joseph Hall, Senior Staff Technologist
Center for Democracy & Technology
 
Michelle De Mooy, Senior Associate, National Priorities
Consumer Action
 
Sarah Hudgins, Director of Public Policy 
Interactive Advertising Bureau

11:00am-12:15pm                

Are Prepaid Cards Good for Consumers?
 
Alpesh Chokshi, President, Global Payment Options
American Express
 
Adam Rust, Director of Research
Reinvestment Partners
 
Lauren Saunders, Managing Attorney
National Consumer Law Center
 
Susan Weinstock, Project Director, Safe Checking in the Electronic Age
The Pew Charitable Trusts
 
Lisa McFarland, Head of U.S. Consumer Prepaid Products
Visa Inc.

11:00am-12:15pm                

How Can Federal Law Enforcement More Effectively Protect Consumer Health and Safety?
 
Marc Schoem, Deputy Director, Office of Compliance and Field Operations
Consumer Product Safety Commission
 
Daniel Smith, Senior Associate Administrator, Vehicle Safety 
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
 
Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Consumer Protection Branch
U.S. Department of Justice
 
David Plunkett, Senior Staff Attorney, Food Safety Program
Center for Science in the Public Interest
 
12:30pm-2:00pm 
 
Luncheon and Keynote – A Safe and Sound Financial Services System?

Sheila Bair, former Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and author, Bull by the Horns  

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

2:00pm-3:15pm 

Addressing Fraud Trends and Challenges

Jonathan Rusch, Deputy Chief for Strategy and Policy, Fraud Section, Criminal Division
U.S. Department Of Justice
 
Steve Baker, Regional Director, Midwest Region
Federal Trade Commission
 
John Morton, Chief Risk Officer
Green Dot Corporation
 
Gary Mottola, Research Director
FINRA Investor Education
 
John Breyault, Vice President of Public Policy, Telecommunications and Fraud
National Consumers League
 
2:00pm-3:15pm

Will a New Mortgage Rule Expand or Threaten Homeownership?

Peter Carroll, Assistant Director, Mortgage Markets
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
 
Mike Malloy, Deputy General Counsel
Bank of America
 
Eric Stein, Senior Vice President
Self -Help & Center for Responsible Lending
 
2:00pm-3:15pm 

Do Health and Safety Labels actually Improve Consumer Health and Safety?

Shelley Deppa, President
Safety Behavior Analysis. Inc.
 
Gerene Denning, Director of Emergency Medicine Research
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Iowa
 
Caroline Cox, Research Director
Center for Environmental Health
 
Steve Gardner, Litigation Director
Center for Science in the Public Interest
 
Tobacco Free Kids representative
 
3:30pm-4:00pm 

Investor Protection Priorities

Rick Ketchum, Chairman and CEO
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority 

4:00pm-5:00pm   

Modernizing the Electric Grid – Good for Consumers?

John Hewa, Vice President, Research, Engineering and Technical Services
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
 
Steve Nadel, Executive Director
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
 
John Howat, Senior Energy Analyst
National Consumer Law Center

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

9:00am-9:25am   

The Future of Universal Phone Service

Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner
Federal Communication Commission
 
9:25am-10:15am   

The Future of Universal Phone Service

Hank Hultquist Vice President, Federal Regulatory
AT&T
 
Olivia Wein, Attorney
National Consumer Law Center
 
Mark Cooper, Research Director
Consumer Federation of America

10:15am-10:45am                 

Keynote Address                                             
 
Tom Miller, Attorney General
Iowa Department of Justice

11:00am-12:00pm                 

Consumer Advocate Priorities and Strategies

Robert Weissman, President
Public Citizen
 
Ellen Bloom, Director of Federal Policy
Consumers Union
 
Lauren Saunders, Managing Attorney
National Consumer Law Center
 
Ed Mierzwinski, Consumer Program Director
US PIRG