Scalia Law Associate Professor Rao Tapped as White House “Regulatory Czar”
On April 7, 2017, President Donald J. Trump announced his intention to nominate Neomi Rao to lead the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), a division of the Office of Management and Budget. Rao is an associate professor and the founding director of Scalia Law’s Center for the Study of the Administrative State (CSAS).
In remarks to the law school community, Scalia Law Dean Henry N. Butler stated that "I am proud to announce that another member of the Scalia Law faculty has been nominated to a high-profile position in the White House. She has done an outstanding job leading CSAS's mission to rethink the foundations of administrative law, examine the growing discretion and power of agencies, and restore the constitutional structure for administrative action in all three branches of the federal government. Scalia Law wishes her all the best in her new position serving our country."
Mason's own Jonathan H. Adler (class of 2000), one of the nation's top administrative law scholars and holder of the Johan Verheij Memorial Professorship at Case Western University School of Law, endorsed Professor Rao in The Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy:
“Trump’s selection of Rao suggests the administration is serious about \regulatory reform, not merely reducing high-profile regulatory burdens. The selection of a well-respected administrative law expert further suggests the administration recognizes the need to be attentive to legal constraints on administrative action and that meaningful reforms require \more than issuing a few executive orders. Rao is a superlative pick.”
In The Wall Street Journal,Susan Dudley, director of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center and former OIRA administrator, praised "Ms. Rao's government experience and judicial temperament. . . . her strong qualifications, experiences, and dignity."