Steven Hofman | Citizens Against Government Waste

Steven Hofman

Steven Hofman is a policy, communications and management strategist. He works directly with organizations and individuals in business and government to develop, manage and implement their organizational goals and policy interests.

Since leaving government, Hofman has worked with clients from a wide range of economic sectors and interests, including: former Labor Secretary Lynn Martin; Deloitte & Touche; Jay Walker, CEO of Walker Digital and founder of; Broadcom Corporation; The Washington Post; Barclays Global Investors; Prasco Laboratories; Duramed Pharmaceuticals; The Rockefeller Foundation; The National Alliance of Business; Citizens Against Government Waste; Instinet Corporation; Maryland Public Television; The Transplant Recipient Organization International; Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro; Shaw, Pittman, Potts, Trowbridge; The International Swaps and Derivatives Association; Citicorp; Former Chair of NEH and former Second Lady of the United States Lynne V. Cheney; Direct Access Diagnostics; Milliken & Co.; KB Home; and Bernard Schwartz, CEO of Loral Corp.

His major projects have included:

Project Coordinator for Lynn Martin on her independent review of Mitsubishi Motors in light of charges of sexual harassment at the company's Normal, Ill. Plant.

Advisor to Walker Digital, a business invention laboratory, on major projects including U.S. HomeGuard, patent reform policy, and the development of an architecture for a global crisis communications network for the World Economic Forum.

Strategist to the families of the U.S. Marines killed and injured in the 1983 bombing by Iranian supported terrorists of the Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. A U.S. Federal District Court has awarded these families $2.6 billion.

Advisor to Deloitte & Touche, LLP on its widely recognized Initiative on the Retention and Promotion of Women.

Advisor to The Washington Post on business issues.

Author of the Federal Government’s two initial studies on the Glass Ceiling.

In addition, Hofman has served in a variety of other senior leadership roles, including strategist to the Bradley Foundation’s Project on America’s National Identity; advisor to former U.S. Representatives Jim Kolbe and Richard Baker; advisor to; policy strategist for Barclays Global Investors, one of the nation's largest managers of pension fund assets; strategist for the Rockefeller Foundation for its project on international family planning; strategist for efforts to reform the Federal Government's Vaccine for Children's Program; and strategist on the effort to achieve government approval for a home AIDS test.

As Assistant Secretary of Labor for Public Affairs in the Bush Administration, he worked closely with Secretary Lynn Martin in the creation of her workforce agenda for the 90s. This led to major initiatives, including the Glass Ceiling Initiative, The New Century Workforce, Job Training 2000, Pension Portability Reform, and the National Youth Apprenticeship Act.

Hofman also assisted Sec. Martin in preparing her nomination speech at the Republican National Convention of President George Bush. And in the closing days of the Bush Administration, Hofman was appointed Acting Secretary of Labor.

During the 2000 Presidential campaign, Hofman assisted Republican nominee for Vice President, Dick Cheney, in the development and execution of his policy and communications strategy. He is also widely credited with first proposing the tax rebate enacted into law in 2001.

Prior to his appointment by President Bush, Hofman was a Vice President at Hager Sharp, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based public affairs, public relations firm.

During that period, Hofman also served as Senior Advisor to the President of the Committee for Economic Development, an organization of 250 of the nation's leading corporate executives and university presidents.

Hofman went to Hager Sharp from the Brookings Institution, where he was a guest scholar in governmental studies. Before Brookings, he worked on Capital Hill, as director of research and policy for the House Republican leadership. Hofman was the chief strategist behind Republican initiatives in the House on Child Care, Infrastructure, and Industrial Competitiveness. His work on child care led to the development of legislation enacted into law in 1989.

Working with the House leadership, Hofman created Republican Perspective, the first magazine ever published within the U.S. Congress. Earlier, Hofman was executive director of the House Wednesday Group, an organization of 33 Republican representatives. At the time, he developed projects on training and competitiveness, health care reform, infrastructure, the defense industrial base, education choice, redistricting, fair housing, voting rights, and civil rights reform.

Hofman has written articles for the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Business Week, the Brookings Review and countless other newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals. He has also served an occasional political commentator on the Fox Morning News and has appeared on numerous national television and radio public affairs programs, and is regularly invited to address association meetings, academic conferences and other public forums across the country.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in political science and history from Queens College/CUNY, Hofman did three years graduate work toward his PhD. in political science at the University of Chicago. As a graduate student he had three papers published in professional journals. His focus was on Middle Eastern politics, and he wrote an extensive paper on Transnational Nuclear Terrorism.

Hofman is a former member of the Council on Foreign Relations, served on the Board of Directors of the International Center on Women’s Research, is a former European Community Fellow, and has served on the Boards of Directors of the Center for Responsive Politics, the Education Fund of the Ripon Society, and the Washington Tennis Foundation.

Hofman resides in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with his wife, Jacqueline. They have two sons, Neil of Washington, D.C. and Alan of Fort Collins, Colorado.

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