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President Bush to Nominate Risk Analysis Leader Graham to Regulatory Post in Office of Management and Budget

For immediate release: March 08, 2001

Boston, MA-- President George W. Bush has announced his intention to nominate John D. Graham, founding director of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis at the Harvard School of Public Health, to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The nomination is subject to Senate confirmation at hearings in the spring.

The administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is responsible for oversight of all regulatory activities in the Federal government, including those that address public health, safety and environmental issues.

Harvard University Provost Harvey Fineberg offered this comment on Graham’s nomination:

"If anyone has the expertise to bring a higher order of coherence and rationality to Federal regulatory programs, it is John Graham. He has been a national leader in the field of risk analysis, maintains the highest intellectual standards, and is very fair-minded. As a center director at Harvard and a mentor to younger colleagues, he has guided and inspired outstanding work in others. John Graham is an excellent choice to head the OMB Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs."
James H. Ware, dean for academic affairs at the Harvard School of Public Health, said: "John Graham has provided outstanding leadership at the Harvard School of Public Health. The Center for Risk Analysis, developed under his leadership, is one of the country's leading centers for research on and analysis of environmental and pharmaceutical policy. I particularly admire his efforts to encourage greater cost-effectiveness in the country's regulatory policies. He will be a superb addition to the leadership of OMB."

Graham is presently a professor of policy and decision science at the Harvard School of Public Health. A graduate of Wake Forest University, he received his master's degree from Duke University and earned his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.


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