Kenan Practitioner in Residence Sally Katzen


During the Fall 2012 semester, Rethinking Regulation hosted Kenan Institute for Ethics Practitioner in Residence Sally Katzen, former director of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) under the Clinton administration. Katzen is a leading policy expert on budgetary issues, has testified before Congress more than 70 times, and has participated on panels for the National Academy of Science. Serving for eight years in the Clinton administration, she was Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget (1999-2001), Deputy Assistant to the President for economic policy, Deputy Director for the National Economic Council (1998-1999) and Administrator for OIRA in OMB (1993-1998), where she was the senior adviser to the president on regulatory policy and process.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she has a bachelor’s from Smith College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. Earlier in her career, Katzen spend over 25 years specialized in administrative and legislative practice as the first female partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. She has taught at the George Washington University, University of Michigan, New York University, George Mason University, University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University law schools, as well as at Smith College, Johns Hopkins University and the Michigan in Washington Program. She has served as chair of the section on administrative law and regulatory practice of the American Bar Association, president of the Federal Communications Bar Association and president of the Women’s Legal Defense Fund. She is also a fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration.

Activities during her residency at the Kenan Institute for Ethics included consultation with Rethinking Regulation seminar members on individual projects and working papers, a panel discussion with John Graham, former OIRA administrator under the George W. Bush administration, and participation in an oral history project with history professor Ed Balleisen. During a September author’s meeting of the Recalibrating Risk project, Katzen provided real-world insights on how regulators use academic information and the best ways to translate and disseminate scholarship into practical solutions for policy makers.

The oral history project will document her career trajectory as a lawyer, consultant, leader within the American Bar Association, public member of the Administrative Council of the United States and public servant in the Carter and Clinton administrations. Additionally, it will provide her perspective on crucial shifts in the formulation and implementation of regulatory policy in the United States since 1970.

During Katzen’s final visit in November 2012, she led Rethinking Regulation members in a post-election discussion about regulatory policy in the next or current administration.