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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Maureen K. Ohlhausen Nominated to be Commissioner of the FTC to Replace Bill Kovacic

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.

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I'm a big fan of Commissioner Kovacic, but as an academic I would be. In addition to being an academic's commissioner, he's got to be one of the nicest members the Commission has had. I offer a possible complaint, though. Except for the brief period of his chairmanship, Commissioner Kovacic might be said to be engaging more in diplomacy than governance, with the result that he is leaving a smaller mark than he otherwise might. It is not a happy circumstance that by far the most qualified of the members of the Commission is one of the least well-known. By contrast, the chair and Commissioner Rosch (as egregious examples) are exceedingly visible, and not in good ways.

Posted by: Max | Jul 22, 2011 12:26:11 PM

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