Daniel Cohen is the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation, Regulation and Energy Efficiency at the Department of Energy (DOE), managing an office of 18 attorneys. The office is counsel to the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The DOE’s energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and activities include support for renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass and water, appliance standards, vehicle technology, weatherization assistance, building code standards and Federal energy management. Additionally, the office provides legal support and advice on legislative matters throughout the Department. The office participates in the development of DOE views on pending legislation, drafts DOE legislative proposals and supporting documents, and prepares, coordinates, and reviews bill comments to Congressional committees. Finally, the office provides legal counsel and rulemaking support to programs throughout DOE on administrative requirements for developing DOE rules, directives, and other generally applicable policies.
Prior to joining the Energy Department, Cohen served for thirteen years as an attorney in the General Counsel’s Office at the Department of Commerce. During his tenure at the Commerce Department, Cohen was appointed the first-ever Chief Counsel for Regulation. In this capacity, he oversaw the Office’s Regulatory Division, which is responsible for legal review of all regulatory actions of the Department. The division is also responsible for developing and implementing the Department’s regulatory policy.
Cohen has authored several law review articles on the subject of Federal agency rulemaking, including Congressional Review of Agency Regulations (1997). Additionally, he has been invited to speak on rulemaking procedure to a variety of groups in the United Sates, as well as to lawyers and government officials in countries such as Moldova, Morocco and China. He also has served as Chair of the Rulemaking Committee, Budget Officer and as a Council Member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.