Neomi Rao Confirmed by U.S. Senate to DC Circuit Court of Appeals
Senate GOP confirms Kavanaugh’s replacement, Trump’s 36th pick for powerful appeals courts
Los Angeles, March 14, 2019
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The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s judicial nominee NRI Neomi Rao, a judicial nominee who was under scrutiny for her past writings on sexual assault, to fill the DC Circuit Court seat previously held by Brett Kavanaugh.
- The Senate approved Rao to replace Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
- The confirmation of Neomi Rao to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on a 53-to-46 vote
According to Washington Post: “Now, just nine vacancies remain in the circuit courts, which handles the vast majority of cases that never reach the Supreme Court, and Trump has nominated candidates for six of them. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could muscle through confirmations by midyear, leaving few openings if a Democrat wins the White House in 2020.”
On Nov 1, at the White House's Diwali celebrations, US President Donald Trump announced that an Indian-American, Neomi Rao, would be his nomination to replace Judge Kavanaugh in his vacated seat on the US Circuit Court of Appeals for DC, after his confirmation to the Supreme Court.
US Senate confirm NRI law professor Neomi Rao, head of Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA)
White House, July 10, 2017
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Trump’s appointed a new regulatory czar Neomi Rao, an associate law professor at George Mason University, was confirm by US Senate with vote of 54-41 on Monday.
OIRA is the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an office within the White House Office of Management and Budget, responsible for managing the federal regulatory process. OIRA was established by Congress in the 1980 Paperwork Reduction Act.The period for OIRA review is limited by Executive Order 12866 to 90 days. There is no minimum period for review. Under the Executive Order, the review period may be extended indefinitely by the head of the rulemaking agency; alternatively, the OMB Director may extend the review period on a one-time basis for no more than 30 days.
The Administrator is a Senate-confirmed appointee of the President, the vast majority of OIRA employees are career public servants. OIRA has about 50 full-time professionals who work with agency professionals on specific issues and regulations. All OIRA professionals possess graduate level degrees and have historically come from backgrounds in economics, law, policy analysis, statistics, and information technology.
White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) will play a central role in Trump’s regulatory reform agenda. This agency reviews regulations from federal agencies and has the power to reject rules that do not fall in line with the president’s goals.
Neomi Rao, an expert in constitutional and administrative law, will play a key role in overseeing Trump’s plan to eliminate 75 percent of federal regulations.
Former OIRA Administrator Susan Dudley said, “Professor Neomi Rao is an excellent choice to lead OIRA.”
Neomi Rao teaches and writes in the areas of structural constitutional law, administrative law, and legislation and statutory interpretation. She founded the law school's Center for the Study of the Administrative State.
Her recent scholarship has focused on the political and constitutional accountability of the administrative state, in particular considering the role of Congress.
Neomi Rao has already served in all three branches of the federal government: as associate counsel to President George W. Bush; counsel for nominations and constitutional law to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary; and law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Indian American to lead White House regulatory affairs office
Washington, July 11, 2017: The US Senate has voted to confirm Indian American lawyer Neomi Rao as the head of Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
The 44-year-old Rao was confirmed by a vote of 54-41 on Monday and she would lead the White House office overseeing regulation, according to Senate's official website.
"In selecting Professor Neomi Rao... the President has made an inspired choice. Since first working on my staff many years ago, Director Rao has proven herself to be a sharp and principled public servant," said Senator Orrin Hatch, senior member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"She possesses a keen sense for our duty in Washington to help small businesses grow and make lives of Americans easier," he said.
Senator John Hoeven also appreciated Rao for her commitment to work and said that he secured a commitment from her to address benefit and cost analysis for Army corps projects and to ensure fair treatment of public-private partnerships, the American Bazaar online reported.
Rao serves as an associate professor of law and the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School.
She graduated from Yale University and later attended University of Chicago Law School. Rao clerked for US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
She is also a member of the Administrative Conference of the US and the governing council of the American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice….IANS