Bridget Dooling & Rachel Potter to Study Use of Contracts in Rulemaking

June 07, 2021

 

Picture of Bridget Dooling, Rachel Potter, and the ACUS logo.

Selected by the Administrative Conference of the United States

Bridget C.E. Dooling, Research Professor at the GW Regulatory Studies Center, and Dr. Rachel A. Potter, Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, have been selected to serve as consultants to the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS). They will study the use of contractors in the rulemaking process.



“I value the role ACUS plays in administrative law and practice, and I’m delighted to partner with Dr. Potter on this new study. While government contracting has attracted considerable attention because of the important issues it raises, this study will be the first to examine the ways that agencies employ contractors in rulemaking."

Bridget C.E. Dooling

Research Professor
GW Regulatory Studies Center



ACUS is an independent federal agency of the U.S. government charged with convening expert representatives from the public and private sectors to recommend improvements to administrative process and procedure. Professor Dooling is a Senior Fellow with ACUS, following almost seven years as the Office of Management and Budget’s representative to ACUS. She is currently serving as one of seven consultants on an ACUS project exploring mass, computer-generated, and fraudulent comments. She also served as a Special Assistant to ACUS in 2010-2011, when she produced her first ACUS report on legal issues in e-rulemaking.

“I value the role ACUS plays in administrative law and practice, and I’m delighted to partner with Dr. Potter on this new study,” said Professor Dooling. “While government contracting has attracted considerable attention because of the important issues it raises, this study will be the first to examine the ways that agencies employ contractors in rulemaking,” she said. Professors Dooling and Potter have both served in government and now study rulemaking procedures and institutions, giving them practical and scholarly expertise to draw upon as they study this topic.

Professor Dooling joined the GW Regulatory Studies Center after over 10 years in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs as a deputy branch chief, senior policy analyst, and attorney. She is a member of the Council of the American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. Her scholarship has appeared in the Administrative Law ReviewOhio State Law ReviewAmerican University Law Review, Brookings Institute Series on Regulatory Process and Perspective, and more. 

This is the sixth ACUS project for which GW Regulatory Studies Center scholars have served as consultants. The Center’s mission is to improve regulatory policy through research, education, and outreach. To learn more about the Center, please subscribe to our newsletters and follow us on social media.