Jim MacRae, a long time member of CRE’s Board of Advisors has passed as a result of a battle with leukemia.
Jim was a recognized expert in the regulatory process. He had the unique experience of being the only Deputy Administrator in the history of OIRA who also served as the Acting Administrator during the entire tenure of a sitting President. Mr. MacRae had the difficult job of defending OIRA’s role in its early days often to a very hostile Congress
He made a number of notable contributions to OIRA, one of the most significant being an emphasis on establishing a rigorous program for the selection of new employees. Under his leadership OIRA employees were chosen from a wider range of academic disciplines and this emphasis resulted in his being a mentor to large number of its employees.
Future Deputy Administrators could learn well from the example set by Jim MacRae.