Susan Dudley

Recent Research

Examining How Small Businesses Confront and Shape Regulations, by Sofie E. Miller and Daniel R. Pérez, March 29, 2017

Retrospective Evaluation of Chemical Regulations, by Susan E. Dudley, March 20, 2017

The Next Regulatory Czar, by Susan E. Dudley, March 14, 2017

Agency Use of Science in the Rulemaking Process: Proposals for Improving Transparency and Accountability, by Susan E. Dudley, March 14, 2017

Public Comment on OMB’s Interim Guidance Implementing Section 2 of the Executive Order Titled “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”, by Susan E. Dudley, Brian Mannix, Sofie E. Miller and Daniel R. Pérez

Consumer’s Guide to Regulatory Impact Analysis, by Susan Dudley, Richard Belzer, Glenn Blomquist, Timothy Brennan, Christopher Carrigan, Joseph Cordes, Louis A. Cox, Arthur Fraas, John Graham, George Gray, James Hammitt, Kerry Krutilla, Peter Linquiti, Randall Lutter, Brian Mannix, Stuart Shapiro, Anne Smith, W. Kip Viscusi & Richard Zerbe, February 2, 2017

The Risks of Regulating in the Dark, by Sofie E. Miller, January 18, 2017

Ten Regulatory Process Reforms President-Elect Trump Could Undertake, by the GW Regulatory Studies Center, December 8, 2016


The GW RSC hosts a number of events every year on relevant regulatory issues such as regulatory review, risk assessment, and the role of science in rulemaking. View our past and upcoming GW Regulatory Studies events below.


Upcoming Events

From Prohibition to Flying Cars: The History & Future of Regulation

The GW Regulatory Studies Center is celebrating 10 years of improving regulatory policy through research, education, and outreach! Join us as we commemorate our anniversary with a half-day conference examining regulatory policy lessons from the last century, and exploring the regulatory challenges and opportunities the future may hold.

February 4, 2020, Marvin Center, 3rd Floor, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Graphic depciting the pooring out of alcohol during prohibition and a futuristic flying car, with text: From Prohibition to Flying Cars: The History & Future of Regulation.

Past Events

A Two-Year Lookback on Trump’s Deregulatory Record

July 10, 2019, American Bar Association, Washington, DC

Meet the Author: Professor Rachel A. Potter

May 13, 2019, Churchill Center, Gelman Library, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Human Behavior & Leadership: An Interdisciplinary Symposium

November 5, 2018, The Milken School of Public Health, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

A Forum Celebrating 25 Years of Executive Order 12866

Monday, September 24, 2018 at the Jack Morton Auditorium, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

OIRA Review panel from RSC event celebrating 25 Years of E.O. 12866, featuring Neomi Rao, Ann Marie Buerkle, Ricky Revesz, Susan Dudley, and John Cooney

Future of Regulationco-hosted by Deloitte Center for Government Insights, and Trachtenberg School for Public Policy & Public Administration

Wednesday, September 12 , 2018, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Symposium on Behavioral Approaches to Bureaucratic Red Tape and Administrative Burdenedited by Christopher Carrigan, Sanjay K. Pandey, and Gregg G. Van Ryzin

May 23 - 24, 2018, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

10th Annual Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Conference

March 14 - 16, 2018, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Sofie Miller spoke at the Society for Risk Analysis 2017 Annual Meeting

December 10 - 14, 2017, Arlington, VA

Book Discussion: Structured to Fail? Regulatory Performance under Competing Mandates, with the author, Professor Chris Carrigan, PhD

October 24, 2017

New Developments in Regulatory Benefit-Cost Analysis

Hosted by the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis, the GW Regulatory Studies Center, and the Administrative Conference of the United States. RSVP here

September 29, 2017

On-the-record webinar for journalists, Regulating in the Trump Era

Led by Susan Dudley and Marcus Peacock 

April 13, 2017

9th Annual Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Conference

Featuring presentations by Susan Dudley, Brian Mannix, Sofie Miller and Daniel Pérez

March 15 - 17, 2017, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Susan Dudley joined Sally Katzen for a Women in Government Relations panel

March 10, 2017

Susan Dudley testified before the U.S. Senate Homeland and Government Affairs subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management  

Agency Use of Science in the Rulemaking Process: Proposals for Improving Transparency and Accountability.

March 9, 2017

Susan Dudley presented at the Center for the Study of the Administrative State conference on "The Time for Regulatory Reform in Congress."

Watch the video.

March 2, 2017

Sofie Miller participated on a teleforum panel on Rulemaking in the Trump Administration

Hosted by American Bar Association Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. Other panelists included Ronald Levin, Anne Joseph O'Connell, Adam White and moderator Aaron Nielson.

February 10, 2017

Susan Dudley participated on a teleforum panel with Jitinder Kohli for the Federalist Society on President Trump's "One-In-Two-Out" Executive Order.

February 9, 2017

Susan Dudley spoke at the George Mason University School of Business: What Can We Expect for Business Regulation in the Trump Administration?

February 8, 2017

Susan Dudley and Marcus Peacock presented at the American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Administrative Law Conference.

December 8, 2016

The GW Regulatory Studies Center welcomed its new distinguished research professor, Marcus Peacock with a reception at GW with special guests Joshua Bolten and Dan Tangherlini. See the event photo album here.

December 1, 2016



Susan Dudley, Brian Mannix and Sofie Miller presented at the Southern Economics Association annual meeting

November 19 - 21, Washington, DC

Marcus Peacock on Budget Processes for the Next Administration on a panel entitled, "Improving Agency Performance with Fiscal Discipline" 

Hosted by the Heritage Foundation

November 18, 2016

Sofie Miller moderated a distinguished roundtable discussion on "Improving the Federal Regulatory System: Promoting Transparency, Accountability, and Scientific Integrity

Hosted by the American Council of Capital Formation. 

November 17, 2017

Susan Dudley spoke at the Law Symposium, Reining in the Administrative State

Hosted by the Heritage Foundation and the University of Virginia School of Law's Journal of Law and Politics

October 21, 2016

Susan Dudley spoke at the Harvard Kennedy School on The Regulatory Landscape Facing the Next President

October 13, 2016

Benefit-Cost Analysis and the Courts

Conference co-hosted by the GW Regulatory Studies Center, the American Bar Association Section on Administrative Law and the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

October 11, 2016, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Federalist Society Teleforum: Regulations at the End of the Obama Administration with Sofie Miller

September 22, 2016

Download the podcast

Conference on US-EU International Regulatory Cooperation in Practice

This conference featured senior officials from the European Commission, current and former U.S. government officials, stakeholders, and the authors of recent studies on US-EU regulatory cooperation.

September 15, 2016, European Delegation, Washington, DC

Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs 2016 Annual Conference: Susan Dudley spoke during the "U.S. Manufacturing and Regulatory Reform Panel"

"What the Next President Should Do About U.S. Manufacturing: An Agenda for the First 100 Days"

September 14, 2016, The National Press Club, Washington, DC

Causal Analytics Toolkit (CAT) Demonstrations with PhD statistician Louis Anthony (Tony) Cox

Two sessions on May 5, 2016, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Evidence based uncertainty analysis: What should we now do in Europe? with Dr. Ragnar E. Löfstedt

April 22, 2016, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis 8th Annual Conference

Event recap

March 16 - 18, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

February 22, 2016

The GW Regulatory Studies Center and the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice hosted a lunch seminar for congressional staff that featured an expert regulatory panel including Susan Dudley, Director of the GW Regulatory Studies Center, Michael Fitzpatrick, Senior Counsel and Head of Regulatory Advocacy for GE and Paul Noe, Vice-President of Public Policy for the American Forest & Paper Association and Co-Chair of the Committee on Legislation in the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. 

Paper Discussion: Can Increases in Local Air Quality Lead to Higher Labor Productivity?,

by Ann E. Ferris, U.S. EPA - National Center for Environmental Economics; Sue Helper, Case Western Reserve University; Alexandre Mas, Princeton University; NBER and IZA; Ron Shadbegian, National University of Singapore

December 11, 2015

Read the working paper here.

Society for Risk Analysis Annual Conference 2015: Susan Dudley Chaired Roundtable: Decision Analysis for Uncertain Futures hosted by Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

December 9, 2015

Conference participants included GW RSC Scholars Susan Dudley, Brian Mannix, Chris Carrigan, & Peter Linquiti.

85th Annual Southern Economic Association Conference: New Orleans, Lousiana

November 20 - 22, 2015

RFFGW RSC scholars Susan Dudley, Brian Mannix and Sofie Miller organized, chaired and presented in various sessions throughout the annual conference.  Full program listing can be found here.



Resources for the Future: The Real Outcomes of Federal Environmental Regulations: Lessons from the Performance Data

October 21, 2015

RFFSusan Dudley spoke on an expert panel entitled "Lessons Learned" at Resources for the Future. Dudley provided her commentary on the ideas presented at RFF's event: "The Real Outcomes of Federal Environmental Regulations: Lessons from the Performance Data." Watch the video coverage here.

Lunch Seminar Series on Regulatory Policy and Process 

September 28, 2015 and October 5, 2015

The GW Regulatory Studies Center and the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice hosted a two-part series for congressional staff that featured an engaging and informative discussion on regulation led by regulatory experts Susan Dudley, Director of the GW Regulatory Studies Center, Paul Noe, Vice-President of Public Policy for the American Forest & Paper Association and Chair of the ABA Ad Law Rulemaking Committee, Amb. C. Boyden Gray, founding partner of Boyden Gray & Associates, and Shawne McGibbon, General Counsel for the Administrative Conference of the United States. 

Part I (Sep. 28): This session covered the basics of regulatory procedure and policy, reviewed the history of regulation and regulatory reform in the United States including key regulatory milestones and insights from past efforts at regulatory reform.

Part II (Oct. 5): This session focused on regulatory practice and administrative law including key case law, as well as guiding statutes and their implementation (PRA, SBREFA, IQA etc). 

June 18, 2015
Susan Dudley moderated a panel entitled, "Costs and Benefits vs. Smoke and Mirrors." With distinguished panelists: the Hon. C. Boyden Gray, Boyden Gray & Associates; Mr. Michael A. Livermore, University of Virginia School of Law; Mr. Richard D. Morgenstern, Resources for the Future; & the Hon. Eugene Scalia, Gibson Dunn and Crutcher. Watch the video coverage here.
May 7, 2015

Australian Productivity Commissioner Warren Mundy shared his experiences on regulatory reform in Australia - "Regulatory Reform Lessons from the Land Down Under."  He discussed what worked, what didn't, and what challenges remain. After the interactive forum, what lessons the U.S. can draw from Australia's experience were explored.


EVENT: Risk Communication - From Accessibility to Comprehensibility

May 1, 2015 

The GW Regulatory Studies Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis, and the National Capital Area Chapter of the Society for Risk Analysis hosted a conversation with Dominic Way as he discussed the results of his forthcoming paper, "From Accessibility to Comprehensibility: Comparing the Views of Patients and Doctors on EMA's Transparency Policies." Read his full abstract here

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) is an international group of practitioners, academics & others who are working to improve the theory & application of the tools of benefit-cost analysis. 


SBCA Workshop: Retrospective Benefit-Cost Analysis

March 18, 2015

The Society for Benefit Cost Analysis offered a preconference workshop and brought together five leading experts with diverse perspectives who discussed the institutional context for retrospective benefit-cost analyses, including the Trachtenberg school's own Dr. Kathy Newcomer.

View more SBCA workshops here.

Enhancing the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership: Reducing Regulatory Barriers

November 19-20, 2014

The GW Regulatory Studies Center hosted a two-day conference that brought together EU and US policy officials, regulatory experts, and stakeholders to explore challenges to, and opportunities for, greater transatlantic regulatory cooperation. The event lineup featured many prominent voices from the OECD, EU, and U.S. on regulatory process and the transatlantic partnership, including Ambassador David O'Sullivan, chief TTIP negotiator Daniel Mullaney, Head of the Trade and Agriculture Section of the EU Delegation Damien Levie, and a keynote speech by Senator Rob Portman.

The Highs–and Lows–of High-Frequency Trading - Podcast

August 5, 2014: The Federalist Society

Interview with Brian Mannix

Risk Analysis in Europe

May 23, 2014

With Dr. Ragnar Lofstedt held at the GW Marvin Center, Room 309 from 10 AM - 12 PM

Book Discussion: Does Regulation Kill Jobs?

April 3, 2014

With authors Cary Coglianese, Adam Finkel, and Christopher Carrigan

Benefit Cost Analysis for Regulatory Decisions

March 12, 2014

A half-day course on the essentials of regulatory impact analysis

Society for Benefit Cost Analysis 2014 Annual Conference

March 13-14, 2014

The State of U.S. Regulations, a NAM and NFIB newsmaker breakfast event hosted with the Hill newspaper

February 26, 2014

The event featured keynote remarks by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-23) Majority Whip. NAM President Jay Timmons and NFIB President Dan Danner will deliver remarks, and former U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and George Allen (R-VA) will participate in a panel discussion with Philip Howard, author ofThe Death of Common Sense, Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen, and Dudley.

Click here to view video of event.

Presentation and discussion: Regulatory Transparency in Europe: Next Steps with Frederic Bouder & Dominic Way

December 12, 2013

Book Discussion: The Politics of Regulatory Reform

November 8, 2013

With authors Stuart Shapiro & Debra Borie Holtz.

GW/SRA Event: Retrospective Review of Risk-based Regulations

September 27, 2013

Too often, ex ante predictions of regulatory outcomes (reductions in health risks, benefits and costs) are not verified with empirical data ex post.  This one-day conference will explore the possible reasons for this lack of ex post evaluation, and examine approaches to improve both the analytical tools for measuring actual effects of risk-reducing regulation, and the incentives to do so.

Videos from the Retrospective Review of Risk-Based Regulations available here.

Diana Carew Panel- Retrospective Review of Risk-Based Regulations

9th Natural Resource Damage Symposium

September 30 - October 1: Natural Resource Management Group/ GW RSC Event

The Group's 2013 Symposium program covered a broad set of issues related to the interface between natural resources and industrial operations, including identification of strategies and solutions to address four game changers influencing natural resource liability and optimization matters.

ACUS/GW RSC Event: Social Media in Rulemaking

September 17, 2013

Co-sponsored by the Administrative Conference of the United States and the GW Regulatory Studies Center, the Social Media Workshop brought together experts in rulemaking and experts in social media and facilitated a conversation about how social media could be used to improve the rulemaking process, including by addressing current deficiencies or challenges agencies face in rulemaking. A writeup of the event is available hereClick here to view a video of the event.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation: Business Horizon Series: "Today's Manufacturing"

July 24, 2013

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation hostes its latest Business Horizon Series on "Today's Manufacturing." The Chamber's goal with this program, along with its program partner, MAPI, is to raise the level of dialogue on manufacturing so that others can better appreciate the industry’s unlimited potential. That is, if we take action on removing market barriers and creating more opportunities for its participants at all levels. The program will also examine the high-tech innovations that will impact manufacturing in the years to come.


Congressional Testimony: "Reducing Unnecessary and Costly Red Tape through Smarter Regulations"

June 25, 2013

Regulatory Studies Center Director Susan E. Dudley, testified before the Joint Economic Committee on ways to reduce unessary and costy red tape through smarter regulations.

Precautionary Principle: Innovative Concept or Risky Business? Panel Presentation

June 24, 2013

In collaboration with the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology and the Society for Risk Analysis- National Area Chapter, the Regulatory Studies Center hosted a panel presentation for the rollout of the CAST publication, Impact of Precautionary Principle on Feeding Current and Future Generations. Read a summary of the event here

Left to Right: Susan E. Dudley, Linda Chimenti, Gary Marchant, Sally Kane, and Ricardo Salvador

European Union Risk Summit
June 11-12, 2013

The European Risk Summit which was hosted by the Irish Medicines Board, King’s Centre for Risk Management and the Nickel Institute at Trinity College Dublin brought renewed focus to the issue of evidence and risk-based rulemaking, and highlighted the critical role that science plays in policy formation at EU level.

Enhancing Science and Policy for Chemical Risk Assessments

October 23, 2012

The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center and Center for Risk Science and Public Health, the Society for Risk Analysis, and the American Chemistry Council, in collaboration with Administrative Conference of the United States, hosted an afternoon workshop to discuss constructive solutions to enhance the quality and credibility of chemical risk assessments. Discussion built upon recent reports from the National Academy of Sciences and the Keystone Group.

View presentations from October's event below:
George Gray: Setting the Stage
Rick Becker: Data Evaluation and Integration
Chris Bevan: Standardized Data Evaluation Can Enhance Quality and Throughput
Anna Lowit: Integration of Epidemiology along with Other Scientific Evidence into Human Health Risk Assessment
Rick Reiss: Peer Review: Improving the Process

Executive Course: Federal Regulatory Policy, Process, and Analysis

October 3 - 4, 2012

The Executive Course offered a comprehensive examination of regulatory theory, policy, and practice, focusing on analytical requirements for estimating the impacts of proposed regulatory alternatives and evaluating the effects of existing regulations. The course provided a legal foundation for understanding regulations’ role in public policy and examined the relationship between Congress, regulatory agencies, executive branch oversight offices, the public, and the courts.

Participants learned how to:

  • Conduct regulatory impact analysis, including how to assess environmental, health, safety, privacy, security, and financial risks, and evaluate a regulation’s effectiveness, benefits, costs, incentives, and unintended consequences.
  • Apply government guidelines for risk analysis, data quality, privacy, peer review, information collection, and regulatory review.

The Course Instructors are experts in the field of regulation, and included former executive branch officials and professors from The George Washington University schools of public policy, public health, and economics.

An Independent Review of British Health and Safety Legislation

May 17, 2012

The Regulatory Studies Center co-hosted a seminar on Professor Ragnar Löfstedt’s recent 2011 report to the U.K. Parliament on “Reclaiming Health and Safety for All: An Independent Review of Health and Safety Legislation” in which Löfstedt examined whether the burden of health and safety regulation on business can be reduced while maintaining the progress that has been made in health and safety outcomes. Löfstedt presented several risk-based recommendations to improve the regulatory process.

Regulatory Science: Politicization of Science or Scientization of Policy?

April 24, 2012

The Regulatory Studies Center organized and led a panel discussion at a George Mason University Law & Economics Center Judicial Symposium on Scientific Evidence in the Courts.

Moving Forward With IRIS Reform: Implementing National Academies' Roadmap for Revisions

April 18, 2012

The Regulatory Studies Center co-hosted a panel discussion examining the EPA's draft Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessment of formaldehyde. During the discussion, panelists discussed ways to make IRIS more timely and effective, including changing its focus to provide an array of information to facilitate risk analysis by different users, supporting emerging approaches to data gathering and processing (e.g., crowd sourcing), and matching the level of effort in the assessment to the needs of users.

Improving Science-Based Regulation

January 13, 2012

Science-based regulations suffer both from "politicized science" and "scientized policy." Institutional change to clarify the basis for policy decisions would improve scientific analysis, regulatory analysis, and the policies themselves. That was a broad theme of a workshop on Improving Science-Based Regulation hosted by the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center and Center for Risk Science and Public Health on January 13, 2012. The workshop brought together participants with a wide range of experience and expertise in risk assessment, regulatory economics, law, public policy, engineering, and scientific philosophy to examine the relationship between science and policy as they are used in developing regulations. Four working papers, authored by Art Fraas and Randall LutterGeorge GrayAdam Finkel, and Henry Miller, with kick-off comments by Anne Smith, Michael Livermore, David Goldston, and Richard Belzer, helped shape the discussion. We present highlights of the papers and discussions here.