Howard Beales

Howard Beales

Howard Beales

Senior Scholar

Professor Beales’ has published numerous articles addressing a wide variety of consumer protection regulatory issues, including privacy, law and economics, and the regulation of advertising. From 2001 through 2004, He served as the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, where he was instrumental in redirecting the FTC’s privacy agenda to focus on the consequences of the use and misuse of consumer information. During his tenure, the Commission proposed, promulgated, and implemented the national Do Not Call Registry. He also worked with Congress and the Administration to develop and implement the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003. His aggressive law enforcement program produced the largest redress orders in FTC history and attacked high volume frauds promoted through heavy television advertising. Dr. Beales previously served at the FTC as a staff economist, Assistant to the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, Associate Director for Policy and Evaluation, and Acting Deputy Director. Immediately prior to joining the faculty at GW, he was the Chief of the Human Resources and Housing Branch of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget. Howard Beales received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Georgetown University.

Back to the Future: How Not to Write a Regulation

By: Howard Beales & Timothy Muris | AEI Report | May 26, 2022

The new activists at the FTC are again seeking radical transformation of long-standing legal foundations of antitrust and consumer protection, to be implemented through a new wave of rulemaking.

Return of the National Nanny

By: Howard Beales & Timothy Muris | Wall Street Journal | May 26, 2022

When activists took charge of FTC rulemaking in the 1970s, the agency barely survived the debacle. 

The Consumer Protection and Recovery Act

Congressional Testimony by Howard Beales: Returning Money to Defrauded Consumers | April 27, 2021