Comings and Goings at the FTC Office of Policy and Planning

Josh Wright —  17 December 2008

Congratulations to Maureen Ohlhausen, outgoing Director of the Office of Policy and Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, who is headed to a new position as Technology Policy Counsel at the Business Software Alliance, a nonprofit trade association that promotes innovation, growth, and a competitive marketplace for commercial software and related technologies.  While losing Maureen is a significant loss for the FTC, they couldn’t have found a better replacement as Acting Director.  James Cooper, who previously served as Deputy Director, will oversee the office.  I had the pleasure of working with both Maureen and James on a number of projects during my stay at the Commission and viewed that experience as one of the highlights of my time there.  I also proudly note that both Ohlhausen and Cooper have ties to George Mason.  Both graduated from the Law School, Ohlhausen has taught as an adjunct faculty member, and Cooper was a Levy Fellow, ultimately earning a Ph.D. in economics from Emory University.  Congratulations to both of them.