Trump nominates Indian Americans Neomi Rao and Vishal J. Amin to key positions

Rao nominated as regulatory czar, Amin, as IP Enforcement Coordinator.

Neomi Rao; photo credit: George Mason University

President Trump on Friday nominated two Indian Americans, both alumni of the administration of President George W. Bish, to key positions.

Neomi Rao, a professor at George Mason, was nominated to the post of Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the Office of Management and Budget.

Vishal J. Amin, a Michigan resident, was nominated to be Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the Executive Office of the President. He is currently Senior Counsel on the House Judiciary Committee.

The White House announced both the nomination in a press release on Friday.

Rao, who is currently a professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, is also the founder and director of Centre for the Study of the Administrative State, which has a mission of rethinking the constitutional and legal foundations of the administrative state.

If confirmed by the US Senate, as the Regulatory Czar, she will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of government-wide policies and reviewing draft regulations.

Rao is specialized in research and her teaching areas include structural constitutional law, administrative law, executive power, international law, and jurisprudence. She is currently a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States.

Rao has prior experience in working with all three branches of 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.

Rao has practiced international law and arbitration at Clifford Chance LLP in London and received her JD with high honors from the University of Chicago and her BA from Yale University.

Like Rao, Amin had served in the George W. Bush administration. He served in two capacities, first as an Associate Director for Domestic Policy at the White House, and then at the U.S. Department of Commerce, as Special Assistant and Associate Director for Policy in the Office of the Secretary.

Amin received his bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University and his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

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