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Federal Trade Commission. Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi / ALM

On Oct. 19, months of speculation over the Federal Trade Commission’s future leadership appeared to end when the White House announced its “intent to nominate” Joseph Simons, a prominent Washington antitrust lawyer, to lead the agency as chairman.

Two months later, Simons still hasn’t been formally nominated.

Joseph Simons

The Trump administration has not yet sent its nomination of Simons, a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, nor has the White House taken that formal step with consumer advocate Rohit Chopra, its pick for one of the vacant Democratic seats.

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C. Ryan Barber

C. Ryan Barber, based in Washington, covers government affairs and regulatory compliance. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @cryanbarber

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