Susan Dudley

Director, GW Regulatory Studies Center & Distinguished Professor of Practice

Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration, George Washington University

Susan Dudley

Director, GW Regulatory Studies Center & Distinguished Professor of Practice

Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration, George Washington University

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 Amazon.com.

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.

Contributions

Deep Dive Episode 188 – Immigration Policymaking in the Biden Administration

July 14, 2021

An expert panel debates the appropriate regulatory process for immigration policymaking.

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Immigration Policymaking in the Biden Administration

July 14, 2021

An expert panel debates the appropriate regulatory process for immigration policymaking.

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How Do Regulatory Agencies Implement Laws?

March 22, 2021

After a law is passed by Congress, how is it implemented? Susan Dudley explains.

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Deep Dive Episode 161 – Congressional Review Act: First Branch Gets the Last Word

February 4, 2021

In this live podcast, experts review the overriding purposes of the CRA and do a deep dive into its technical elements.

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Deep Dive Episode 151 – Public Input in Agency Rulemaking

December 17, 2020

An expert panel considers the legal and policy issues surrounding whether, and how, an agency should take account of public comments in rulemaking.

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Deep Dive Episode 138 – It Can Be Done Live: The Future of Our Earth

October 15, 2020

An expert panel explores the potential of human ingenuity to solve the problems facing our earth and the conditions necessary to make those solutions a reality.

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It Can Be Done Live: The Future of Our Earth

October 15, 2020

The creators of the award-winning documentary, They Say It Can’t Be Done, in partnership with the Federalist Society’s Regulatory Transparency Project, present It Can Be Done Live – a conversation between entrepreneurs, regulatory experts, and noted academics around creative and bipartisan solutions to global challenges to our shared future. The third of four panel events, It Can Be Done Live: The Future of Our Earth, took place on September 24th, 2020.

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Deep Dive Episode 88 – The Whys and Hows of Commenting on Rules

February 19, 2020

In this episode, Susan Dudley, Karen Harned, and Brian Mannix give an overview of the process and value of the public commenting process for proposed regulations.

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Deep Dive Episode 80 – New Executive Orders Directing Agency Guidance

November 7, 2019

How significant are these orders? What impact will they have on regulatory policymaking? What has been the initial reaction to these new measures?

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Deep Dive Episode 77 – Book Review: The Capitalism Paradox: How Cooperation Enables Free Market Competition

October 24, 2019

In this episode, Paul Rubin, the world’s leading expert on cooperative capitalism, discusses his new book, The Capitalism Paradox: How Cooperation Enables Free Market Competition.

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Government Shutdown and Deregulation

Susan Dudley

January 10, 2019

According to my George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center colleague, Bridget Dooling, a lengthy federal shutdown threatens to derail President Trump’s deregulatory priorities. Not only are covered agencies unable to make progress on their deregulatory initiatives, but the portals for public notice and comment and the office that must review all regulations before they can be issued are caught up in the furlough.

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Will OIRA Extend its Review to Independent Agencies?

Susan Dudley and Eileen J. O'Connor

April 26, 2018

At the Federalist Society’s Sixth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference, Office of information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”) Administrator Neomi Rao spoke about the new agreement she had hammered out with the Treasury Department to bring OIRA’s review of IRS regulations more in line with its review of other agencies’ regulations. She also strongly hinted that independent regulatory agencies may be next, observing that “OIRA review can promote a more constitutional and coherent regulatory policy,” and that the “good regulatory practices promoted by OIRA can apply to all agencies that regulate the public.” In her latest Forbes column, Susan Dudley agrees.  She argues that OIRA review encourages greater transparency, analytical rigor, and accountability in regulations, and urges the Administration to extend long-standing executive orders requiring OIRA review to all agencies that issue regulations binding on the public.

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Attorney General Directs DOJ to Stop Circumventing APA

Susan Dudley

November 20, 2017

In remarks to the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention on Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced new Department of Justice policy on issuing guidance “or similar instruments of future effect by other names, such as letters to regulated entities.”

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Can Regulations Come With Unintended Costs?

October 19, 2017

While the goals of regulations are often admirable, regulations may come with unintended consequences. Sometimes, regulations can hurt those they were intended to benefit. Susan Dudley, Director of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center, discusses these unintended costs and her work at the Regulatory Studies Center.

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How Do Regulations Get Made?

September 22, 2017

What is the mechanism by which regulations are developed, finalized, and updated? How can this process be improved? Susan Dudley, Director of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center, provides insight into these questions.

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Regulation from Washington: Exploring Unseen Costs

September 20, 2017

Regulations emanate from Washington and “affect every aspect of our lives, but we’re often unaware of it because they do so in hidden ways.” What are these effects and do they benefit American workers, companies, and consumers? A variety of experts on regulatory issues discuss this important question.

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Regulation & the American Dream

July 14, 2017

Arguably, regulation has helped us achieve the American Dream. The benefits are numerous. But have regulations gone too far? The Regulatory Transparency Project’s Fourth Branch video series will explore this question.

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Improving How Science is Used in Environmental Regulation

Susan Dudley

July 13, 2017

Effective regulatory policy that focuses resources on addressing real threats to public health and the environment depends on reliable scientific information and transparent policy choices.

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