TPA Supports Ohlhausen for FTC Chair

Michi Iljazi

January 31, 2017

President Trump is already moving on an aggressive reform agenda as it relates to how federal agencies operate. The nominations of individuals to run the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Health and Human Services Department, and a host of others show that there is a real push coming from the new administration to push back on the growth of government intervention into the private sector over the last eight years. One agency that will need new leadership is the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and it is key that whomever the President chooses to lead the agency understands the need for a better approach not just in regulatory policy as it relates to trade and the private sector, but also Intellectual Property (IP). Keeping that in mind, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) sent a letter to President Trump yesterday calling on the White House to make acting FTC Chair Maureen Ohlhausen the permanent chair, noting her record as a force for working with the private sector and protecting IP. 

Read the full letter below:

January 30, 2017

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), representing millions of taxpayers nationwide, urges you to strongly consider using quick action to combat recent unfortunate moves made by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to issue multiple last-minute complaint filings against U.S. companies just before your administration took over the Executive Branch.  As a taxpayer-funded government agency, the FTC should be spending their resources more judiciously.

The private sector has been battered by needless regulations with a massive promulgation of rules on business at an unprecedented level.  It is time for a real change in direction in the regulatory state and how it impacts hard working Americans in all industries. Your recent Executive Order, mandating that for every new regulation two old regulations must be eliminated, is a great first step.

Another step your administration should take is to elevate those who are working hard to protect the interests of America and America’s businesses and creative community. To that end, TPA supports efforts to make FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen permanent Chair of the agency. Ohlhausen has been a fierce advocate for intellectual property (IP) rights and has fought hard to protect those who have worked tirelessly on innovation and initiatives designed to bolster the American economy. In her role as acting Chair, Ohlhausen has already pledged to protect IP.  Ohlhausen has also pledged to use an evidence-based approach when looking into any antitrust violations that may come before her. 

Ohlhausen has stated on the record that the decision by previous FTC leadership to issue last minute filings and complaints was wrong and issued scathing dissents in some specific instances. TPA believes her measured approach would benefit the agency’s culture as well as the relationship between the FTC and all stakeholders in the private sector. We hope that you’ll consider making her permanent Chair.


David Williams