Ray is currently the acting OIRA administrator, taking over in March after former OIRA Administrator
“Paul is a dedicated public servant with a strong background in regulatory law and policy,” said acting OMB Director
A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., Ray is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he developed an interest in administrative law. Ray is a former clerk for Supreme Court Justice
In an April interview, Ray said he was drawn into public service by former Labor Secretary
Ray’s nomination will be considered by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction over the regulatory agency. Dominic Mancini, deputy administrator, is expected be named to lead OIRA during Ray’s confirmation process.
In his first public comments since becoming OIRA administrator, Ray told an administrative law conference Sept. 13 that the primary role of OIRA is to expertly assess the benefits and costs of agency rules.
“Even when the substance or outcome of a rule does not change, OIRA’s cost-benefit review ensures that agencies disclose their rules’ anticipated impacts, which is critical for public transparency and accountability,” Ray said.