Shawne McGibbon

General Counsel, Staff

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Shawne C. McGibbon currently serves as the General Counsel for the Administrative Conference of the United States. Ms. McGibbon is an expert in administrative law and the regulatory process, and is an experienced federal government manager. She has worked in the area of regulatory reform and has supported government policies that enhance the U.S. economy for most of her career. For 16 years, she held various positions at the Office of Advocacy—an independent office housed within the U.S. Small Business Administration. Ms. McGibbon began her work there as a legal/policy advisor on food, drug and health issues, reviewing over 500 regulations annually for compliance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), Administrative Procedure Act, and other statutes. She later served as director of the legal team in the office, deputy chief counsel from 2002-2009, and acting chief counsel from 2008-2009. Among her accomplishments, Ms. McGibbon drafted Executive Order 13272, Proper Consideration of Small Entities in the Rulemaking Process, signed by the President in 2002. Additionally, she saved small entities billions of dollars in unnecessary regulatory costs through her efforts in working with small entities, federal agencies and the White House (OMB) to craft smarter regulations. She has testified before the U.S. Congress on federal agency compliance with the RFA, and on research/data that helps inform policy makers about the role of small entities in the U.S. economy. Prior to joining the Office of Advocacy, Ms. McGibbon worked on Capitol Hill as a senior legislative assistant for Rep. Albert R. Wynn. Early in her career, she worked as an associate in Mr. Wynn’s law practice, and on his legislative staff in the Maryland State Senate. Ms. McGibbon received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University in 1986 (majoring in Government), and a law degree from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1989.