New FTC chair will reduce "burdens" on business
Donald Trump has designated Maureen Ohlhausen, the only Republican left on the Federal Trade Commission, to lead the consumer protection agency.
I will safeguard competition while preserving American innovation and promoting economic liberty for all citizens. Finally, I will ensure the Commission minimizes the burdens on legitimate business as we carry out this vital work." — FTC Acting Chair Maureen Ohlhausen
What to watch out for: Ohlhausen said Monday that if she were acting chair of the commission she could direct investigators at the agency to use a standard that would likely result in fewer agency actions against Republicans. She also could start a larger dialogue at the FTC over the standards used by the agency.
The catch: The commission will soon be deadlocked at one Republican and one Democrat. So it will be hard for Ohlhausen to take any major, contentious actions.