Dr. Austin Lasseter's Research to be Presented at Association for Education Finance and Policy Conference

2/10/17 10:48 AM

Dr. Austin Lasseter is a co-author on a research paper that will be presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) in Washington, DC. The paper is titled "Enabling Teacher-centric Analysis through Multiplicity-adjusted Indirect Sampling Estimation from Teacher Data Linked to Student Data." The lead author is Dr. Avinash Singh of the American Institutes for Research.

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What’s on the Horizon for Health Policy in 2017?

2/6/17 3:40 PM

Last week, I attended the 2017 AcademyHealth National Health Policy Forum in DC, where experts from government, industry, and academia convened to discuss, debate and predict top priorities for the year ahead. 

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Topics: health claims

Summit Principal Dr. Albert Lee Speaks to UCLA Students on Statistics, Math Careers

2/2/17 1:48 PM

Last month, I accompanied Summit Principal Dr. Albert Lee as we spoke to students at University of California, Los Angles (UCLA). Dr. Lee spoke to Dr. Robert Gould's "Career in Statistics" seminar about ways to make your statistics degree useful for your first job. Dr. Gould, who hosts the annual seminar, is the vice chair of UCLA's undergraduate statistics program.

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Topics: Summit Blog, office culture

Summit Attends AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference

1/31/17 9:38 AM

Summit Director Oswaldo Urdapilleta, P.h.D, and Manager Heather Brotsos are attending the 2017 AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference (NHPC) this week in Washington, D.C. The conference provides "an extensive outlook on the nation's health policy agenda for the year ahead."

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Sandy Vicente Quoted in Forbes: "4 Ways Millennials Can Transition From Peer To Manager"

12/22/16 9:17 AM

Sandy Vicente, Manager in our Federal Credit Modeling and Forecasting team, was interviewed for a recent Forbes article: "4 Ways Millennials Can Transition From Peer To Manager."

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Topics: Summit Blog, Media Center

Summit Employees Volunteer 100 Hours for Operation Christmas Miracle

12/20/16 1:28 PM

What better way to kick off the holiday season than to help those in need?

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Topics: Summit Together

Notes from the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology Policy Conference

12/9/16 8:52 AM

I attended a session on “Realizing the Potential Offered by Administrative Data” at the 13th Biennial Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM) Policy Conference on December 6, 2016. The session focused on how federal agencies can increase the power of their data by linking across data sets. While each agency gathers a trove of data that informs policy and research, the value of these data increases even further when linked. The session was chaired by Charlie Rothwell, Director, National Center for Health Statistics.

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How DOL Could Improve Form 5500 for Pension Plans

12/1/16 1:21 PM

On July 21, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) proposed a rule that would change how employee benefit plans share information with the government. This proposal, which revises the existing Form 5500, is intended to make data more useful and protect employees. DOL has encouraged stakeholders to submit public comments on these changes. Read our other posts about the proposed rule here.

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Topics: form 5500

White Paper on Mortgage Servicer Performance Scorecards

11/30/16 2:59 PM

Leading up to the mortgage crisis and subsequent Great Recession, mortgage investors understood they needed stronger servicer oversight. By using detailed data about mortgage loan origination and activity, investors like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac designed and implemented a new generation of servicer scorecards to achieve this goal. 

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Topics: mortgage finance

Form 5500: What Could Change for Pension Plan Managers

11/9/16 9:54 AM

On July 21, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) proposed a rule that would change how employee benefit plans share information with the government. This proposal, which revises the existing Form 5500, is intended to make data more useful and protect employees. DOL has encouraged stakeholders to submit public comments on these changes. Read our other posts about the proposed rule here.


Summit recently submitted comments on the proposed rule to revise Form 5500. In this post, we break down key revisions that pertain to pension plans.

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Topics: health claims, form 5500

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