Is the Trump Administration Deconstructing the Administrative State?

Thursday, March 28th, 2019
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

The Center for Business Law and Regulation

1 hour of CLE credit has been approved

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The Trump Administration entered office with a broad deregulatory agenda. Through Executive Orders, legislation and appointments, the Trump Administration has sought to roll back Obama Administration regulatory initiatives and put in place policies that will reduce the federal regulatory burden. Two years in is a good time to assess the effects of these efforts, consider whether the Trump Administration has been successful in deregulating aspects of the economy and whether such policies are likely to continue. As the former "regulatory czar" for President George W. Bush, Professor Susan Dudley is uniquely positioned to provide insight on these questions, and identify the effects of the current Administration's policies on federal regulation and the regulatory burdens faced by private firms. Attorneys who represent regulated industries will gain insight on broader regulatory trends and the regulatory environment in which their clients operate.

Speaker Information

Susan Dudley is Director of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center, which she established in 2009 to raise awareness of regulations’ effects and improve regulatory policy through research, education, and outreach. She is also a distinguished professor of practice in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. She is past-president of the Society for Benefit Cost Analysis, a senior fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States, a National Academy of Public Administration Fellow, on the boards of the National Federation of Independent Businesses Legal Center and Economists Inc., and on the executive committee of the Federalist Society Administrative Law Group. Her book, Regulation: A Primer, with Jerry Brito, is available on

From April 2007 through January 2009, Professor Dudley served as the Presidentially-appointed Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and was responsible for the review of draft executive branch regulations under Executive Order 12866, the collection of federal-government-wide information under the Paperwork Reduction Act, the development and implementation of government-wide policies in the areas of information policy, privacy, and statistical policy, and international regulatory cooperation efforts.

Prior to OIRA, she directed the Regulatory Studies Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and taught courses on regulation at the George Mason University School of Law. Earlier in her career, Professor Dudley served as an economist at OIRA, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. She was also a consultant to government and private clients at Economists Incorporated. She holds a Master of Science degree from the Sloan School of Management at MIT and a Bachelor of Science degree (summa cum laude) in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Moot Courtroom (A59)
11075 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Director of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center Susan Dudley

Susan Dudley
Director of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center, former Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget

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