Marcus Peacock Joins GW Regulatory Studies Center as Distinguished Research Professor

Marcus Peacock at Regulatory Studies Center
Susan Dudley, Dan Tangherlini, Marcus Peacock and Joshua Bolten at the reception welcoming Peacock to the GW Regulatory Studies Center.
December 05, 2016

The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration are pleased to welcome Marcus Peacock as a distinguished research professor.

Mr. Peacock is an expert on federal regulation, budgeting, and government performance systems and has held a number of high-level posts in the U.S. government. From August 2005 until January 2009, Mr. Peacock served as the deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Prior to his service at EPA, Peacock was the associate director for natural resources, energy, and science at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Mr. Peacock also served as a staff director on committees in both the U.S. House and Senate, directed a project on federal subsidies at the Pew Charitable Trusts, and, earlier in his career, was a licensed professional engineer.

“We are thrilled to have Marcus join our impressive team of scholars,” said Susan Dudley, director of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center. “Marcus’s extraordinary background in senior levels of government and his public policy acumen will bring new dimensions to our scholarship on regulatory policy and process.”

Mr. Peacock is recognized for a number of achievements. While serving as EPA’s chief operating officer, the agency won the President’s Award for Excellence in Overall Management two years in a row – the first time an agency won the award back-to-back. At OMB, Mr. Peacock led the team that created the Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) used to measure the performance of federal programs. Subsequently, the PART won Harvard University’s Innovations in Government Award and the American Society of Public Administration’s Leadership Award.

“It is a privilege for me to be a part of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center, a distinguished organization dedicated to improving government,” said Mr. Peacock. “I am excited to join so many of my former colleagues from government service, like Susan Dudley, Brian Mannix, Howard Beales and George Gray, to advance regulatory policy through research, education and outreach.”

Mr. Peacock received his bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Southern California and his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

The GW Regulatory Studies Center welcomed Peacock with a reception on December 1st at the George Washington University. Special guests included Joshua Bolten, former chief of staff to President George W. Bush and former director of the Office of Management and Budget and Dan Tangherlini, former administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration and former assistant secretary of the treasury for management under President Barack Obama. Mr. Bolten, Mr. Tangherlini, Ms. Dudley and Mr. Peacock all provided remarks to the gathering of 100 attendees.