Howard Shelanski


Howard Shelanski, has been nominated by US President Barack Obama as Director of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a branch of the Office of Management and Budget. He also served at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics. Howard Shelanski has been professor at Georgetown University Law Center and was of Counsel to the law firm Davis, Polk & Wardwell. As Deputy Director for Antitrust in the FTC’s Bureau of Economics from 2009 to 2011, he managed the antitrust enforcement portfolio, was part of the team that revised the Horizontal Merger Guidelines, and helped to manage a variety of major policy initiatives. Before joining the FTC, Shelanski had been on the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley since 1997, with breaks from teaching to serve as Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission from 1999 to 2000 and as a Senior Economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers at the White House from 1998 to 1999. Before entering academia, Shelanski practiced law in Washington, D.C. and served as a clerk for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Judge Louis H. Pollak of the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, and Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court. Shelanski holds a law degree and a doctorate in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

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