2014 Speaker Biographies – Winter Meeting


Barth, Charley
Director, Office of the Federal Register
E-mail: charley.barth@nara.gov

Charles Barth serves as the 8th Director of the Federal Register.  Reporting directly to the Archivist of the United States, he is responsible for providing access to the official text of Federal laws, Presidential documents, Administrative regulations, Notices, and Descriptions of Federal Organizations as well as their programs and activities.  He is also the executive in charge of administering the Electoral College and the Constitutional amendment process.

Mr. Barth was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in July of 2012. Throughout his 20 year career, Mr. Barth has held a wide variety of positions across the United States Government. Mr. Barth began his career in Government service with the United States Senate where he worked as an intern for Senator Carl Levin (Michigan).  Mr. Barth accepted a position with the Government as a contract specialist at the Naval Information Systems Management Center (NISMC) where he managed major Information Technology (IT) acquisitions.  Mr. Barth next accepted a position with the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer (DON CIO) where he worked as a Program Manager and Subject Matter Expert in the Information Management (IM) program.  Upon the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Mr. Barth accepted a position as the first Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)/Privacy Act officer for DHS.  Following his position with DHS, he accepted an offer from the DON to serve as the Director of Records under the Secretary of the Navy Staff.

Mr. Barth is a Senior Fellow for Ball State University.  He is a Charter Member and was previously on the Board of Directors for the Federal Information and Records Managers (FIRM) Council.  He was previously a member of the Federal Records Council and has received certification from NARA as a Federal Records Manager.  He previously served as the Chairman on the Advisory Committee on the Electronic Records Archives (ACERA) for the Archivist of the United States.  He serves on the Digital Government Institute’s E-Discovery, Records & Information Management Conference Education Advisory Committee.  During his service to the Government, Mr. Barth has appeared in various periodicals including Federal Computer Week, Government Computer News and Government Executive.  In 2007 his office was awarded the Archivist Achievement award by the National Archives for outstanding achievement in records management.  In 2010, Mr Barth traveled to Iraq to assist the Joint Staff headquarters with record management activities.  He was selected to assist United States Forces Iraq with preserving records of armed conflict from theater.  In 2012, his office received the Harvard University bright idea award for innovative achievement with the Federal Register web site.

Mr. Barth was born and raised in Michigan and attended Ball State University on a full ride football scholarship.  At Ball State he received his BS degree in Political Science with a minor in Military Science.  Mr. Barth also attended Webster University and received a Master of Management degree in Procurement and Acquisitions Management.  Mr. Barth and his wife Julie reside in Stafford, VA.  They have two sons, Christian and Roman.

Bremer, Emily S.
Attorney Advisor, Staff
Email: ebremer@acus.gov
Phone: 202-480-2086

Emily S. Bremer is an Attorney Advisor of the Administrative Conference of the United States.
Ms. Bremer was an associate in Wiley Rein LLP’s telecommunications and appellate litigation practice, where she litigated cases at the trial and appellate levels involving complex federal preemption, jurisdiction, administrative law, and constitutional issues.

She also represented clients in proceedings before the FCC, counseled telecommunications companies on the scope of their federal rights, and drafted amicus curiae briefs filed with federal appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Previously, Ms. Bremer served as law clerk to Hon. Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ms. Bremer graduated from New York University School of Law, where she was a student editor for the International Journal of Constitutional Law and the Executive Notes Editor of the Journal of Law & Liberty.
Ms. Bremer received her undergraduate degree in Politics with honors from New York University, where she was an accomplished debater in the American Parliamentary Debate Association. She lives in Arlington with her husband, Dan, and their two adorable kitties.

Reeve T. Bull

Attorney Advisor, Staff
Email: rbull@acus.gov
Phone: 202-480-2083

Reeve T. Bull is an Attorney Advisor with the Administrative Conference of the United States.  Mr. Bull currently serves as Staff Counsel to the Committee on Regulation; Mr. Bull has also served as Staff Counsel for the Committees on Judicial Review and Administration & Management.  In addition, Mr. Bull serves as ACUS’s coordinator for the Council of Independent Regulatory Agencies, a group of independent regulatory agencies chaired by ACUS that meets periodically on issues of mutual interest, and is the director of the ACUS internship program.

Mr. Bull has worked on projects related to international regulatory cooperation, the use of science by administrative agencies, presidential review of agency rulemaking, cost-benefit analysis, government contractor ethics, and e-rulemaking, amongst other things.  Mr. Bull was the In-House Researcher for the Federal Advisory Committee Act project, and his report served as the basis for ACUS Recommendation 2011-7.  Mr. Bull also serves as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University Law School, where he co-teaches a course on Legislation and Statutory Interpretation.

Mr. Bull previously worked in the private sector as an associate with the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and in government service as a law clerk to the Honorable Alvin A. Schall of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.  During his time as an associate with Gibson Dunn, Mr. Bull worked on a variety of litigation and regulatory matters.

He participated in cases appearing before the United States Supreme Court, several federal Courts of Appeals, and numerous federal district courts and state trial courts. His experience spanned a variety of practice areas, including administrative, constitutional, intellectual property, antitrust, environmental, securities, and white collar criminal law. During his clerkship for Judge Schall, Mr. Bull assisted with appeals in cases spanning a variety of areas, with particular emphasis on administrative and patent law.

Mr. Bull attended law school at Duke University, where he graduated with highest honors and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. He was one of two recipients of the Willis Smith Award for compiling the most outstanding academic record in the graduating class and the recipient of the James S. Bidlake Memorial Award for achieving the highest grade in his first year legal writing section.

Mr. Bull also served as a Note Editor on the Duke Law Journal. Prior to law school, Mr. Bull attended the University of Oklahoma, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors in Chemistry and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Bunk, Amy
Director of Legal Affairs and Policy
Office of the Federal Register
National Archives and Records Administration
E-mail: amy.bunk@nara.gov
Phone: 202-741-6025

Amy Bunk is the Director of Legal Affairs and Policy for the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration where she supervises the legal staff who review documents submitted for publication in the Federal Register and codification in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) for compliance with the requirements of applicable statutes, Executive Orders and regulations.

Before taking this position at the Federal Register, Amy worked in the Office of Regulations and Administrative Law, Office of the Judge Advocate General, United States Coast Guard.  She received her JD cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law. Amy is admitted to practice in New York.

Cooper, Scott P.
Vice President of Government Relations
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
E-mail: scooper@ansi.org
Phone: 202-331-3610

Scott P. Cooper is vice president of government relations at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). In this position, Mr. Cooper serves as ANSI’s spokesperson and liaison to Federal, State and local government agencies and to Congress and congressional staff.

He supports the activities of the ANSI National Policy Committee and the ANSI Government Member Forum, working with the members of these committees to develop and advance the Institute’s positions and policies at all levels of government. In turn, he identifies and communicates to ANSI stakeholders emerging issues of importance for the standards and conformity assessment community.

Mr. Cooper joined ANSI staff in April 2007 with a broad range of experience in industry, not-for-profit organizations, academia and government. He has more than a decade of experience as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives and service at the Department of Commerce and also the Peace Corps As a member of the faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he taught courses on the modern global marketplace and worked on projects ranging from nanotechnology research to dispute resolution.

As a consultant, he worked to advance multi-industry healthcare reform. And as a former manager of global technology policy at Hewlett-Packard, he helped to develop and lead policy efforts in areas such as privacy, consumer redress and global governance. Mr. Cooper also served as a former director of global electronic commerce at the American Electronics Association and as a former manager of telecommunications policy at Intel.

Mr. Cooper holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economic history from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters in political science from George Washington University. He and his wife, Sheila C. Bair, have two children; they reside in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.

Drake, Chris
Deputy Legal Council
State of Connecticut
Phone: (860) 575-5289
E-mail: Christopher.Drake@ct.gov

Chris Drake is Deputy General Counsel to Governor Dannel P. Malloy (D) of Connecticut.  Chris joined the Malloy Administration in March 2011.

He previously was a litigator with a firm in Hartford, CT and before that worked as a clerk to a federal Magistrate Judge.  He graduated the University of Connecticut School of Law (Hartford, CT) in 2005 and Fordham University (Bronx, NY), B.A. in Political Science, in 2002.  He lives in Middletown, Connecticut with his wife Rachel and daughter Brigid.

Chris is the business manager for Connecticut’s Regulations Modernization project.

Fizer, Charles

Chief Architect
Fairfax Datasystems
Phone: 860-354-4472

Charles Fizer is a Senior Software Engineer at Fairfax Data Systems in New Milford, CT. He specializes in architecting and developing content management solutions, primarily with public sector clients. Charles holds certifications in IBM’s enterprise content management product suite. He graduated from Colby College (Waterville, ME) in 2005 with a B.S. in Computer Science.

Charles is currently serving as the architect for Connecticut’s Regulations Modernization project.

Hammond, Abigail M.

Counsel, Rules Review Commission
E-mail:  abigail.hammond@oah.nc.gov
Phone: 919-431-3076

Abigail M. Hammond is with the NC Office of Administrative Hearings, serving as counsel to the Rules Review Commission.  In this position, she reviews rules promulgated by agencies and advises the Commission whether these rules are suitable for inclusion in the NC Administrative Code.

Prior to working for the Office of Administrative Hearings, Abby worked for another state agency in a variety of roles ranging from adjudicating motions, clerking, serving as a rule coordinator, and serving as agency legal counsel.

Prior to living in Raleigh, NC, Abby practiced family law in the Nashville, TN area.  Abby graduated from undergraduate school at Clemson University, and attended law school at the University of South Carolina School of Law and as a visiting student at Vanderbilt Law School.

Mancusi, David
Fairfax Datasystems
Phone: 860-354-4472

David Mancusi is the Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Data Systems in New Milford, CT. For over a decade, he has been providing strategic advisory services and transforming business plans into viable solutions.

He also successfully drives the technological direction of complex projects.  He previously worked as the Director of Solution Design and Development at The Network Support Company in Danbury, CT. David graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2000 with a B.S. in Information Sciences.   He lives in Bethel, Connecticut with his wife Emily and five children Julia, Lillian, William, Catherine and Noelle.

Dave is currently serving as the engagement director for Connecticut’s Regulations Modernization project.

Masich, Molly
Codifier of Rules, NC Office of Administrative Hearings
E-mail: molly.masich@oah.nc.gov
Phone: 919-431-3071

As Director of APA Services for the NC Office of Administrative Hearings, Molly Masich manages and directs the production and publication of the North Carolina Register and the North Carolina Administrative Code; and manages the administrative support to the Rules Review Commission.

She also serves as a liaison between OAH and the General Assembly, the Office of State Budget and Management, and state agencies in rulemaking aspects. She carries out all other rulemaking responsibilities of the office and serves as the Codifier on behalf of the Chief Administrative Law Judge.

Graduate of UNC-W with a degree in Criminal Justice; Certified Public Manager, and a member of the national organization for administrative codes and registers (ACR).

Reeder, Amanda J.
Counsel, Rules Review Commission
E-mail: amanda.reeder@oah.nc.gov
Phone: 919-431-3079

Amanda J. Reeder is with the NC Office of Administrative Hearings, serving as counsel to the Rules Review Commission.  In this position, she reviews rules promulgated by agencies and advises the Commission whether these rules are suitable for inclusion in the NC Administrative Code.

Prior to working for the Office of Administrative Hearings, Amanda worked for a state agency as a rulemaking coordinator for four years.  Prior to learning the joys of the NC Administrative Code, Amanda was in private practice.  Amanda graduated from UNC Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) and NC Central School of Law.

West, Melanie Kielb
Associate Director, Economic & Regulatory Analysis Division (ERAD)
Virginia Department of Planning & Budget (DPB)
E-mail: melanie.west@dpb.virginia.gov
Phone: 804-786-8812

Melanie K. West works at the Virginia Planning & Budget (DPB), where she has worked for thirteen years.   At DPB, she leads the Economic and Regulatory Analysis Division (ERAD).   This division is responsible for assessing the policy implications and estimating the economic impact on Virginia of proposed regulations.

ERAD coordinates the rulemaking process and advises the Governor’s Cabinet and Policy Office concerning regulatory matters. ERAD is also responsible for managing the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall website.

Melanie is an active member of the Virginia State Bar.  She obtained her J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law (2000) where she received the Silver Key Award of the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division.  She graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 1990.  Melanie lives in Richmond with her two sons, Christian, 11 years old, and Colin, 9 years old.