Bridget Dooling

Bridget C.E. Dooling

Research Professor
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Bridget C.E. Dooling is a research professor with the GW Regulatory Studies Center.

Previously, she was a deputy chief, senior policy analyst, and attorney for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB). She was OMB’s voting member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), and now serves as a Senior Fellow for ACUS. While at OIRA, Professor Dooling also taught a course on regulation at George Mason University's law school.

Professor Dooling's earlier professional experience includes a clerkship for an administrative law judge at the U.S. Department of Labor and positions in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, a U.S. airline’s legal department, and the economics team at an aviation trade association.

Professor Dooling is a regular contributor to the Yale Journal on Regulation's Notice & Comment blog. She edits and contributes to the Brookings Institute Series on Regulatory Process and Perspective. She is a member of the American Bar Association's Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. She also actively participates in the Food & Drug Law Institute, having served as vice chair of the editorial board of the Food & Drug Law Journal and the institute's bi-monthly Update magazine, and now serving as a member of the Cannabis-Derived Products Committee. In law school, Professor Dooling was the Editor-in-Chief of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal.

Professor Dooling is licensed to practice law in Virginia.


B.B.A. The George Washington University
J.D. George Mason University


Yale JREG Notice & Comment author archives for Bridget C.E. Dooling

FDA's Proposed Rule on Mammography StandardsPublic Interest Comment, June 24, 2019
Expanding OIRA Review to IRS, Working PaperMay 28, 2019
HHS Entries in OIRA’s Latest Regulatory Reform ReportInsight, November 26, 2018
Trump Administration Picks up the Regulatory Pace in its Second YearInsight, August 1, 2018
Legal Issues in E-Rulemaking, 63 Administrative Law Review 893 (2011)
Take it Past the Limit: Regulatory Takings of Personal Property, 16 Federal Circuit Bar Journal 445 (2007)
An Orphan Works Affirmative Defense to Copyright Infringement Actions, 12 Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review 75 (2005) (with Jerry Brito)

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Labor Department deregulation expected to pick up steam after Acosta, Marketplace, interviewing Bridget Dooling, July 12, 2019
How Independent Are Government Agencies? OMB's Move on 'Major' Rules May Tell Us, The Hill, by Bridget Dooling, April 13, 2019
With Shutdown Over, Agency Regulatory Process Soon to Regain Momentum, Federal News Network, quotes Bridget Dooling, January 25, 2019
Federal News Network, Shutdown Slows Momentum of Deregulation Efforts, Federal News Network, interview with Bridget Dooling, January 17, 2019
Shutdown is Starting to Hurt Trump's Financial Deregulation Agenda, Reuters, quotes Bridget Dooling, January 17, 2019
The Partial Government Shutdown Makes Business Nostalgic for Bureaucracy, NPR Marketplace, interview with Bridget Dooling, January 16, 2019
A Long Shutdown Hinders Trump's Deregulatory Efforts, The Hill, by Bridget Dooling, January 10, 2019
OIRA Still Reviewing Some Regs During Shutdown, E&E News, quotes Bridget Dooling, January 8, 2019
Agencies Undeterred in Overturning Rules Despite Court LossesBloomberg, quotes Bridget Dooling, November 2, 2018
The Truth About Trump's Record on Regulation, Bloomberg, Cass Sunstein cites Bridget Dooling, September 4, 2018
Trump hit the regulatory brakes, but hasn’t found reverse gear, Bridget C.E. Dooling, August 30, 2018
Justice Kennedy’s parting swipe against judges deferring to administrative agencies, Bridget C.E. Dooling, July 9, 2018
Who’s Your Daddy?, Jerry Brito & Bridget C.E. Dooling, March 25, 2006 (on the orphan works problem in copyright law)


The Shutdown's Rulemaking Ramifications, March 5, 2019
Reflections on the E.O. 12866 Anniversary Event from a Bureaucrat Turned Academic, October 2, 2018