Neomi Rao nominated to head White House regulatory affairs office

Kerry Clines

April 17, 2017

Photo courtesy of George Mason University.

President Trump has nominated Neomi Rao, an associate law professor at George Mason University, to head the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), which has the authority to review and eliminate regulations that are considered burdensome and costly, and are not in line with the administration’s agenda, The Hill reports. She is an expert in constitutional and administrative law, having split her career between the courtroom and the classroom.

Former OIRA Administrator Susan Dudley, who served at OIRA during the Bush administration and now runs the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center, told the news agency, “Professor Neomi Rao is an excellent choice to lead OIRA. Not only is she is a respected legal scholar focusing on administrative and constitutional law, but she has experience in all three branches of government. In addition to a sharp legal mind, she brings an openness to different perspectives and an ability to manage the competing demands of regulatory policy.”

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) recently met with the administration to push back against MSHA’s harmful workplace exams proposal, as well as seek revisions to the crystalline silica exposure standard and the Waters of the U.S. rule.

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“Ms. Rao’s background and experience will be valuable as she works to balance the need for common-sense regulations and economic growth,” says Joseph Casper, NSSGA vice president of safety, in an NSSGA press release.

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