The White House has announced that President Bush intends to nominate Susan E. Dudley as Administrator of the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA.) The OIRA sets regulatory policy for the Administration and oversees agencies’ adherence to policies and procedures. Obviously, the office’s activities matter a lot to U.S. businesses, especially since OIRA has been involved in a long-term project to improve regulations affecting manufacturers — a project we’d sure like to see move forward. (Background materials are available in the regulatory section of the NAM’s website.)
Dudley, who has previous OIRA experience, is qualified and conscientious; she is currently director of the Regulatory Studies Program of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and an adjunct professor of law. (Bio here.) The NAM welcomes her pending nomination, and we look forward to a productive confirmation process.