President Trump has selected Neomi Rao, a law professor who contends that the president may remove members of independent agency boards – presumably including the NCUA – as his regulatory chief.

Rao, a law professor at George Mason University, must be confirmed by the Senate before taking office as director of the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

Rao has not specifically written about the NCUA board. However, in law review articles and congressional testimony, she has said that the president has power over independent agencies that has never been used or challenged.

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