April 25, 2013
President Barack Obama has picked Howard Shelanski, an antitrust expert, as his new regulatory czar. This position is charged with reviewing regulations proposed by government departments. The regulatory czar is formally called the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, or OIRA - a body within the White House budget office.
"He has a reputation as a straight shooter with no obvious ax to grind," said Bruce Kraus, partner with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP in New York City.
The job requires Senate confirmation, which was difficult for his predecessor Cass Sunstein, who left the White House in August to return to teach at Harvard Law School. Mr. Shelanski's lower public profile and impressive experience should make the confirmation process easier.
"I don't know his politics, but anyone with both the Berkeley faculty and a Scalia clerkship on his resume, without knowing more, looks like a good bet for confirmation," Kraus said.