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The Obama-era holdover still hanging onto her office - Source Politico

Posted on May 03,2018
Filed Under Local Politics , Politics,

While Maureen Ohlhausen has given up her chairman title, she says she'll keep her seat on the commission. | Susan Walsh/AP Photo

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WASHINGTON, DC. - The last Obama-era holdover on the Federal Trade Commission is declining to step down — even after the Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to replace her.

Maureen Ohlhausen, a Republican, says she'll keep her seat on the five-person commission until either she gets the federal judgeship Trump promised her or serves out her term, which expires in September. That leaves her successor, Delta Air Lines executive Christine Wilson, waiting in the wings, potentially for months.

Wilson, who already quit her corporate job in February in anticipation of serving in the government, was unanimously confirmed by the Senate last week as part of a full complement of five new FTC commissioners, meant to give the agency a clean slate under Trump.

The confusion comes just as the FTC faces major decisions on everything from Facebook’s handling of user data to how to respond to Europe’s aggressive new privacy laws. The fact that the agency now has six people confirmed for seats on the commission when it’s restricted by law to five is another sign of the turbulence that often accompanies high-level staffing moves by the White House.

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