Maureen Ohlhausen, a former Federal Trade Commission lawyer both in and out of government service, has joined the FTC as its newest commissioner.
President Barack Obama appointed Ohlhausen, a Republican, to the five-member commission in July 2011. She was confirmed by the Senate on March 29. Ohlhausen replaces Commissioner William Kovacic, who stepped down in September. Her term ends Sept. 25, 2018.
Since 2009, Ohlhausen has been a partner with the Washington firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, where she led the FTC practice.
Before that, she was the technology policy counsel for the Business Software Alliance, a trade association that bills itself as "the voice of the world's software industry and its hardware partners."