Professor Kristin Hickman
Kristin Hickman
McKnight Presidential Professor in Law
Distinguished McKnight University Professor
Harlan Albert Rogers Professor in Law
Associate Director, Corporate Institute

Prof. Kristin Hickman Quoted in Yahoo News About Trump’s Targeting of Federal Agencies in Potential Second Term

Professor Kristin Hickman was quoted in Yahoo News about Donald Trump’s possible attempt to control independent federal agencies and other regulatory bodies in a potential second term. The article said that with many of Trump’s proclamations and plans, the reality of what he might attempt and of what he might ultimately accomplish remains far less clear. But the fear that such plans instill in his opponents is part of the point and that it’s far from clear how what Trump is proposing to require of the independent agencies would work in practice, and whether it would hold up in court. Professor Hickman said that while the executive order would be “controversial because the independents traditionally have not been subject to OIRA (Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs) review,” it’s less clear how it might be challenged. “If the President puts someone in position of the chair of an agency, and issues an executive order saying they want it to go through OIRA review, do you really think the agency head would object?”