Thursday, July 21, 2011
Posted by D. Daniel Sokol
President Obama has nominated Maureen K. Ohlhausen, a partner at Wilkinson Barker to replace Bill Kovacic as FTC Commissioner. Ohlhausen undertook very importnat work as the head of the Office of Policy Planning at the FTC in the mid 2000s. This is a very strong pick and someone who will probably continue to promote the importance of competition advocacy work at the FTC.
As someone who has written on the importance of competition advocacy (see for example here), I am thrilled by this choice. Also as a plug, Volume III of my Stanford University Press series Global Competition Law and Economics will be devoted to Competition and the Role of the State.
I will have a separate post on Bill Kovacic who in my mind makes the list of best Commissioners of all time at the FTC. Is he FTC equivalnet of Jordon, Chaimberlin, Russell or Abdul-Jabbar? I would love non-anonymous comments.