Expertise: Economic policy, retirement policy, Social Security, pensions, entitlement reform, population aging, federal budget, financial regulatory reform
Charles Blahous, a Hoover research fellow, currently serves as one of two public trustees for the Social Security and Medicare Programs. From 2007 to 2009, Blahous served as deputy director of President Bush's National Economic Council. From 2001 to 2007, he served as a special assistant to the president for economic policy, first covering retirement security issues and later encompassing energy policy. In 2001, he served as the executive director of the bipartisan President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security. Blahous’s latest publications include Social Security: The Unfinished Work (Hoover Press, 2010) and Pension Wise: Confronting Employer Pension Underfunding—and Sparing Taxpayers the Next Bailout. He is also the author of Reforming Social Security. Blahous has a PhD in computational quantum chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and an AB from Princeton University.