Hon. Susan E. Dudley

Director, Regulatory Studies Center and Distinguished Professor of Practice, The George Washington University
Susan Dudley

Susan Dudley is Director of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center, which she established in 2009 to raise awareness of regulations’ effects and improve regulatory policy through research, education, and outreach. She is also a distinguished professor of practice in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. She is vice president of the Society for Benefit Cost Analysis, a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, a National Academy of Public Administration Fellow, on the board and the National Federation of Independent Businesses Legal Center, and on the executive committee of the Federalist Society Administrative Law Group. Her book, Regulation: A Primer, with Jerry Brito, is available on

From April 2007 through January 2009, Professor Dudley served as the Presidentially-appointed Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and was responsible for the review of draft executive branch regulations under Executive Order 12866, the collection of federal-government-wide information under the Paperwork Reduction Act, the development and implementation of government-wide policies in the areas of information policy, privacy, and statistical policy, and international regulatory cooperation efforts.

Prior to OIRA, she directed the Regulatory Studies Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and taught courses on regulation at the George Mason University School of Law. Earlier in her career, Professor Dudley served as an economist at OIRA, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. She was also a consultant to government and private clients at Economists Incorporated. She holds a Master of Science degree from the Sloan School of Management at MIT and a Bachelor of Science degree (summa cum laude) in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

  • S.M., Applied Economics and Finance, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts

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Publications and Multimedia
Congressional Regulatory Reform Proposals - Event Audio/Video
Fourth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
May 20, 2016
Costs and Benefits vs. Smoke and Mirrors - Audio/Video
Third Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
June 24, 2015
The Social Cost of Carbon
Engage Volume 15, Issue 1
July 24, 2014
Policy without Process? - Event Audio/Video
Second Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
May 14, 2014
Improving the Use of Science for Policy - Podcast
Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Podcast
May 17, 2013
Cost and Benefits of FY 2012 Regulations - Podcast
Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Podcast
May 07, 2013
Prospects for Regulatory Reform in 2011
Engage Volume 11, Issue 1, June 2011
June 03, 2011
The Paperwork Reduction Act
New Federal Initiatives Project
January 11, 2010
The Future of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Environmental Policy - Event Audio/Video
2009 National Lawyers Convention
November 12, 2009
Scientific Integrity and the Role of Science in Developing Regulations
New Federal Initiatives Project
June 10, 2009
Executive Order Concerning Regulatory Planning and Review
New Federal Initiatives Project
May 11, 2009