Neomi Rao, is the Founder of the Center for the Study of the Administrative State and an Associate Professor of Law at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University. On July 10, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed Professor Rao as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an agency within the White House Office of Management and Budget. She is on leave of absence while fulfilling her duties in that role.
Professor Rao’s research focuses on structural constitutional law, executive power, and administrative law. Professor Rao’s academic work is informed by her service in all three branches of the federal government. Prior to joining the Law School in 2006, she served as Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to President George W. Bush. Professor Rao also served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where she was responsible for judicial nominations and constitutional law issues. In between government service, Professor Rao practiced in the London office of Clifford Chance LLP, specializing in public international law and commercial arbitration. She clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Justice Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Rao is a frequent commentator in print and broadcast media, with editorials appearing in the Wall Street Journal and guest blogs at The Volokh Conspiracy and Opinio Juris. She recently testified before the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary about the constitutionality of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act.