Susan E. Dudley

Susan E. Dudley

Director, Regulatory Studies Center; Distinguished Professor of Practice
Phone: 202-994-7543


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 president of the Society for Benefit Cost Analysis, a senior fellow 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.


Susan E. Dudley CV


Recent Research

Can Fiscal Budget Concepts Improve Regulation?, Susan E. Dudley in NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, June 13, 2016

2016 Regulators’ Budget: Increases Consistent With Growth in Fiscal Budget, Susan Dudley & Melinda Warren, May 17 2016

Regulatory Reforms to Enhance Competition: Recommendations for Implementing Executive Order 13725, by Sofie E. Miller, Daniel R. Pérez, Susan E. Dudley, & Brian Mannix, May 11, 2016

US-EU Regulatory Cooperation: Lessons and Opportunities, D. Perez, S. Dudley, N. Eisner, R. Lutter, D. Zorn, & N. Nord, April 2016

Regulatory Accretion: Causes and Possible Remedies, Sofie E. Miller & Susan E. Dudley in Administrative Law Review Accord, Vol.67, March 2016

Should Federal Regulatory Agencies Report Benefits to Americans from Mandated Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions? Public letter to the National Academy of Sciences,  Art Fraas, Randall Lutter, Susan E. Dudley, Ted Gayer, John Graham, Jason F. Shogren, W. Kip Viscusi, February 9, 2016

Public Comment on EPA’s Proposed Supplemental Finding that it is Appropriate and Necessary to Regulate Hazardous Air Pollutants from Coal- and Oil-Fired EGUs, Susan E. Dudley, January 11, 2016

Public Comment on OMB’s 2015 Draft Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations, Sofie E Miller, Susan E. Dudley, Brian Mannix, December 15, 2015

Regulatory Science and Policy: A Case Study of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, Susan E. Dudley, September 9, 2015

Improving Regulatory Accountability: Lessons from the Past and Prospects for the Future, Susan E. Dudley, Case Western Reserve Law Review, Vol. 65 Issue 4, 2015.

Recent Testimonies

Testimony before the U.S. Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee, A Review of Regulatory Reform Proposals, Susan Dudley, September 17, 2015

Testimony before the U.S. Senate joint hearing with the Committee on the Budget and the Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee, Accounting for the True Cost of Regulation: Exploring the Possibility of a Regulatory Budget, Susan Dudley, June 23, 2015

Testimony before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management Roundtable Discussion, Examining Practical Solutions to Improve the Federal Regulatory Process, Susan Dudley, June 3, 2015

Recent Commentaries

Evolution and Innovation, Susan E. Dudley, June 14, 2016

President Obama’s Competition Executive Order Could Benefit from a History Lesson, Susan E. Dudley, April 19, 2016

OSHA’s Shortsighted Solution to Crystalline Silica Exposure, Susan E. Dudley, March 30, 2016

Regulatory Reboot: Options for Revisiting Midnight Regulations, Susan E. Dudley, February 23, 2016

Countdown To Midnight On The President's Regulatory Priorities, by Susan E. Dudley, January 26, 2016

The Ozone Charade, Susan E. Dudley, October 28, 2015

EPA’s Ozone Rule and the Scientization of Policy, Susan E. Dudley, October 7, 2015

With Data, Will Regulators Show Humility or Hubris? Susan E. Dudley, September 22, 2015

Considering the Cumulative Effects of Regulation, Susan E. Dudley, August 10, 2015

Supreme Court's EPA Mercury Ruling is a Victory for Common Sense Regulation, Susan E. Dudley, June 30, 2015

Select recent media mentions

Forbes Opinion, Speaker Ryan's Call For Regulatory Humility, by Susan E. Dudley, June 15, 2016

Forbes Opinion, Speaker Ryan's Plan Highlights Regulatory Burdens On Low-Income Households, by Susan E. Dudley & Sofie E. Miller, June 14, 2016

The HillReport: Regs spending has increased twentyfold since Eisenhower, citing Susan Dudley & the GW Regulatory Studies Center, May 17, 2016

Bloomberg BNA, The Cost of Federal Regulations? Not Backyard Barbecue Banter, citing Susan Dudley & the GW Regulatory Studies Center, May 17, 2016

Forbes Opinion, From Eisenhower To Obama, This Is How Much Regulatory Spending Has Changed, by Susan Dudley & Melinda Warren, May 17, 2016

Forbes Opinion, Competitive Markets Need A Neutral Referee, Not A Cheerleader, by Susan E. Dudley & Sofie E. Miller, May 16, 2016

Bloomberg BNA, EPA Final Chemical Rules Confront OMB Deadline, citing Susan Dudley, May 4, 2016

Forbes Opinion, Transatlantic Regulatory Trade Needs Both Cooperation And Competition, by Susan E. Dudley, April 26, 2016

Forbes Opinion, Is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Unconstitutional? by Susan Dudley, April 15, 2016

Forbes Opinion, Senators Show Bipartisan Support For Evidence-Based Regulation, by Susan Dudley, March 24, 2016