Maureen Ohlhausen to FTC

Josh Wright —  20 July 2011

Congratulations to Maureen Ohlhausen on the announcement that President Obama intends to nominate her to replace William Kovacic on the Federal Trade Commission.  This is an excellent appointment.  The Washington Post observes:

Ohlhausen comes from Wilkinson Barker Knauer law firm, where she is a partner in the firm’s privacy, data protection and cyber security practice. Before going to the firm, she was a policy counsel at trade group Business Software Alliance.

She is also an FTC veteran. Ohlhausen served as a director in the Office of Policy Planning from 2004 to 2008 where she worked on issues related to e-commerce and advertising. She worked on an Internet access task force that explored net neutrality debates and the competition in the broadband industry.

Maureen is also a George Mason alum, and occasional adjunct professor, which is great news for the school in its own right.  I’ve had the pleasure of working with Maureen at the Commission.  She is thoughtful, understands competition law and consumer protection at a high-level, has deep institutional knowledge of markets high-tech markets, and is an excellent addition to the Commission.


4 responses to Maureen Ohlhausen to FTC


    It’s horrid that innovative companies might want to protect their intellectual property from piracy.

      Walter Sobchak 22 July 2011 at 2:15 pm

      I am not worried about innovative companies. Microsoft, however, is not an innovative company.

    Walter Sobchak 20 July 2011 at 9:36 am

    “a policy counsel at trade group Business Software Alliance.” = Microsoft stooge.

    “A 2006 investigative report published by Network World Magazine exposes the dark side of the Business Software Alliance’s enforcement campaigns and practices. The article by James Gaskin is titled “Business Software Alliance: Outright Liars or Just Truth Challenged? Don’t Expect Fair Play from the Bully Software Alliance.”

    “Among the more provocative approaches BSA has taken is the Bust Your Boss! campaign that has appeared on billboards, printed publications and on the Internet with the following suggestion: ‘Is your current or former employer using pirated software in their office? Hit ’em where it really hurts – report their illegal software use today.'”