CFIRE’s Fuchs named Presidential Management Fellow

by Steve Wagner on May 12, 2011

Patrick Fuchs

CFIRE project assistant Patrick Fuchs was recently named a Presidential Management Fellow in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President.

During his two-year fellowship, Fuchs will focus on reviewing federal transportation and homeland security regulations before they are published. This review aims to ensure that the President’s policies and priorities are reflected in agency rules and that agencies comply with the regulatory principles stated in Executive Orders #12866 and #13563. Fuchs will assess whether agencies used the best available techniques to quantify anticipated present and future benefits and costs as accurately as possible. He will also evaluate whether agencies considered values that are difficult or impossible to quantify, promoted public participation and scientific integrity, and produced analysis of more flexible or streamlined approaches to rulemaking. Additionally, Fuchs will review information collection practices of agencies with the intent of minimizing the paperwork burden on businesses and citizens. Amongst many agencies, his branch works most heavily with Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, and Department of State.

He credits his experience at CFIRE with helping him develop the transportation-specific knowledge and analytical skills necessary for this position. “Through research and coursework at CFIRE, I have gained a deeper understanding of public administration as well as emerging and persistent infrastructure policy issues,” Fuchs says. “More specifically, my research on elderly mobility issues in Wisconsin has allowed me to apply lessons from the classroom and enhance my ability to make an immediate contribution as a career public servant.”

Fuchs is a Spring 2011 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Masters of Public Affairs from the La Follette School.

About the PMF Program

The Presidential Management Fellowship program places recent graduates with advanced degrees with federal agencies for two-year assignments. The program selects candidates using an extensive and highly competitive interview and testing process, and accepts only those applicants who are committed to excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. Upon completion of the two-year program, many Presidential Management Fellows advance to positions of greater responsibility in public service.

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