President Barack Obama announced he will nominate Federal Trade Commission official Howard Shelanski to serve as the head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).
The top spot at OIRA, which is charged with reviewing federal regulations and overseeing the government’s privacy and information policies, has been vacant since Cass Sunstein stepped down last August.
Boris Bersheyn, the general counsel of the Office of Management and Budget, has been serving as acting OIRA administrator since Sunstein’s departure.
Shelanski now serves as the director of the FTC’s Bureau of Economics, a position he has held since May of last year, although he first joined the agency in 2009. He is currently on leave from the Georgetown University Law Center.