White House Regulatory Office Fully Staffed

By Cheryl Bolen

The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is now fully staffed with four political appointees to help Administrator Neomi Rao fulfill the president’s deregulatory agenda.

OIRA, an agency within the Office of Management and Budget, reviews all significant federal regulations before executive branch agencies release them, and therefore plays a key role in shaping the regulatory policies of the administration.

Rao won Senate confirmation July 10 in a bipartisan 54-41 vote to be President Donald Trump’s chief regulatory officer and leader of the administration’s efforts to deregulate and simplify rules.

Since then, Rao has hired or retained four senior staff officials from a variety of backgrounds who bring differing perspectives to the regulatory debate.

Legal, Practical Experience

Second-in-command is Jeffrey M. Harris, a former law clerk for Chief Justice John Roberts who was brought on in August to serve as associate administrator of OIRA.

Before joining OIRA, Harris was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, after working from 2011 to 2016 at Bancroft PLLC , where he eventually became a partner. Harris received his undergraduate degree in economics and government from Georgetown University and law degree from Harvard Law School.

Next, Rosario Palmieri left the National Association of Manufacturers after a decade to join OIRA as senior counselor to the administrator.

Palmieri, who worked since 2007 as vice president for infrastructure, legal and regulatory policy at NAM, previously served on the staff of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Mix of New, Experienced

Anthony Campau, counselor and chief of staff, first joined OMB as a member of the “beachhead” team during Trump’s transition after the election.

Campau previously worked as manager of donor relations at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, and graduated in 2014 from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Finally, Dominic Mancini, who had been serving as acting administrator before Rao’s confirmation, will stay on as deputy administrator.

Mancini is an OIRA veteran, hired in 2002 during the George W. Bush administration as a senior economist. Mancini moved to become a branch chief in 2009, at the start of the Obama administration, and was promoted to deputy administrator in 2013.

“I am grateful to have such talented individuals working with me at OIRA,” Rao said in a statement. “They bring a variety of perspectives to the important project of regulatory reform as well as to the ongoing work of regulatory review and information policy. We’ve had a smooth transition and integration with our experienced and excellent staff.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Cheryl Bolen in Washington at cbolen@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Hendrie at pHendrie@bna.com

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