Richard A. Hobbie, Ph.D. was appointed a Visiting Scholar at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development effective October 1, 2014.
Dr. Hobbie was Executive Director of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies for 11 years. Previously, he was Associate Assistant Secretary in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor in 1995-1996. From 1987 to 1995, he was a professional staff member and later Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Human Resources of the House Committee on Ways and Means where he was responsible for editing the Committee's Overview of Entitlement Programs called the “Green Book” in 1994. From 1979 to 1987, he was a Specialist in Social Legislation at the Congressional Research Service. Before that, Dr. Hobbie was an Associate Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office from 1975 to 1979.
A member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 1992, he served on its Board of Directors for eight years and was Treasurer for six years. He was also co-chair of the Academy’s 18th annual conference, “Older and Out of Work: Jobs and Social Insurance for a Changing Economy.”
Recently, he was co-project director on a U.S. Department of Labor funded report on the implementation of the Department’s provisions authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that was published as a book by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
He received a Ph.D. from the Glenn School of Public Affairs (1975), and an M.A. (1971) and B.A. (1967) in Economics from The Ohio State University.