DC Radio: Georgetown’s John Mayo on U.S. Regulation

By Andrew Kreig / Project Director

As tDr. John Mayohe MTL Washington Update radio show that I've co-hosted celebrates its fifth year this month, we welcomed to today's show Dr. John W. Mayo of Georgetown University, who summarized the United States regulatory changes that his university highlighted in a major conference this week. Dr. Mayo, left, is the former dean of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. He hosted the first of what will be an annual conference on U.S. regulation, organized by the Center of Business and Public Policy that he founded in 2002 and leads as executive director.
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White House regulatory “czar” Cass Sunstein, right, keynoted the Georgetown event by providing highlights of the Obama administration’s agenda to eliminate needless business regulation that does not meet cost-benefit tests. Sunstein is adminScott Draughonistrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), which oversees federal regulatory efforts nationwide. He summarized the Obama initiative in a column for the Wall Street Journal, “21st-Century Regulation." Its subtitle is "An Update on the President's Reforms: Federal agencies are eliminating unnecessary rules to save businesses money.”

Scott Draughon, left, is founder of the My Technology Lawyer (MTL) radio network and has become my good  friend and co-host these past five years of public affairs progamming. Our hour-long show can be heard worldwide by archive. Click here to access it. Advisory: Mac listeners need “Parallels.”

A videotape of Georgetown’s conference, “The Evolution of Regulation: Lessons and Opportunities,” will be available soon on its website. The conference drew scholars from as far as the United Kingdom and California, and packed the lecture hall to capacity. The Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy is an academic, non-partisan research center whose mission is to engage scholars, business people and policymakers in relevant inquiries and dialogue to impact key business, economic and public policy issues confronting American and international businesses today.  Housed at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, the Georgetown Center was created in 2002 to encourage thoughtful discussion and to document and disseminate knowledge on a range of issues in the public interest. Click here for details..

Mayo is a professor of Economics, Business and Public Policy in Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. His research interests lie in the areas of industrial organization, regulation and antitrust, and, more generally, the application of microeconomics to public policy. He has published roughly 50 articles in economics, law and public policy journals including the RAND Journal of Economics, the Journal of Law and Economics, the Yale Journal on Regulation, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Industrial Economics, and the Journal of Regulatory Economics. He is also the author of numerous book chapters and monographs, and is the co-author of a comprehensive text, "Government and Business: The Economics of Antitrust and Regulation." Professor Mayo has held a number of senior administrative positions at Georgetown including a term as the dean of the McDonough School of Business from 2002-2004. Additionally, he has been the chief economist, U.S. Senate Small Business Committee (Democratic Staff) and has served as an advisor and consultant to both public and private agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, AT&T, MCI, Sprint, Verizon, the Tennessee Valley Authority and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Jack FullerHarold EvansDon't miss our show each Thursday on public affairs themes that impact the nation. Scheduled guests over the next few weeks include two of the most distinguished newspaper editors of recent decades in the English-speaking world discussing the changes they have witnessed. One is Sir Harold Evans, left, former editor of the Sunday Times and the Times in London. The husband of another famed editor, Tina Brown (New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Daily Beast), Evans will discuss his riveting memoir, My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times. The other guest is Jack Fuller, right, former editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune and president of the Tribune Publishing company. A former Justice Department early in his career, Fuller will discuss What Is Happening to News, his ninth book.

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June 9

Associated Press / Huffington Post, Thomas Drake Gets Plea Deal In NSA Classified Leaks Case, Douglas Birch and Pete Yost, June 9, 2011. A former senior official with the National Security Agency reached a plea agreement Thursday with the Justice Department, bringing a quick end to a case that pitted the government's need to keep secrets against the public's right to know. Thomas Drake will plead guilty to exceeding authorized use of a computer, a misdemeanor, and the government will drop 10 felony counts that could have sent him to prison for the rest of his life, according to court documents. In return, prosecutors say they won't oppose a sentence that spares the 54-year-old Maryland man a prison term.

Washington Post, Ex-NSA manager has reportedly twice rejected plea bargains in Espionage Act case, Ellen Nakashima, June 9, Thomas Drake2011.  Thomas A. Drake, right, the former National Security Agency manager who is facing trial on Espionage Act charges in what appears to be a greatly weakened government case, has refused twice to accept the government’s offers of a plea bargain, according to people following the case. Drake, 54, on Wednesday morning rejected prosecutors’ offers to plead guilty to a misdemeanor with no jail time — just a few days before the trial is set to begin Monday. He turned down another offer late Wednesday night, according to people who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the case. That prosecutors were willing to let him plead to a misdemeanor reflects the weakness of their case, which has in the past week been significantly weakened, experts say.

Daily Kos, Case Against NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake Imploding, Jesselyn Radack, June 9, 2011.  WaPo and The New Yorker are reporting that the prosecutors have offered NSA whistleblower Tom Drake, right, a plea to reduced charges, but that Drake is refusing. Jane Mayer reports that the government has been scrambling to find a way to avoid the trial but that Drake is refusing, so far, to plead guilty to any wrongdoing, arguing that it is a lie, and he won’t compromise the truth.

Salon Unclaimed Territory, WikiLeaks Grand Jury investigation widens, Glenn Greenwald, June 9, 2011. Last month, I reported that the FBI had served a Cambridge resident with a subpoena compelling his testimony in the active Grand Jury investigation into WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, and that the subpoena revealed a very broad scope to the criminal investigation.  This latest subpoena reveals how active the criminal investigation is and how committed the Obama administration is to criminally pursuing the whistleblowing site. It is not hyperbole to say that the Obama administration is waging an all-out war against transparency and whistleblowing.June 8

June 8

George E.B. HoldingMain Justice, Behind John Edwards Indictment, A Prosecutor's Political History, Channing Turner, June 8, 2011. The North Carolina U.S. Attorney behind the campaign finance indictment of John Edwards has a history of financial contributions and support for Edwards's political opponents, according to Main Justice review. The prosecutor is U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding, whose jurisdiction is the eastern district of North Carolina. Holding, right, is a former aide to the state's late U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms, a Republican who insisted that Holding be named a federal prosecutor.  As part of the fall-out from the Edwards scandal, the state's Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagen has asked that President Obama keep Holding in place even though his term expired last fall and U.S. attorneys appointed for political reasons  normally resign upon a change of Presidential parties.

Washington Post, Case against ex-NSA manager accused of mishandling classified files narrows, Ellen Nakashima, June 8, 2011. Federal prosecutors will withdraw key documents from their case against a former National Security Agency manager charged with mishandling classified material, a move that experts say could signal the unraveling of one of the Obama administration’s most prominent efforts to punish accused leakers.  Prosecutors informed U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett this week that they would withhold documents they had planned to introduce as evidence to keep from disclosing sensitive technology. Former NSA executive Thomas A. Drake is charged with unlawfully retaining classified information at a time when he was in touch with a Baltimore Sun reporter who later chronicled mismanagement at the agency.