Richard Belzer is managing director of Neutral Source, Inc. and managing editor of neutralsource.org, our eponymous blog. Neutral Source is a nonprofit public charity under IRC section 501(c)(3).
He also is president of Regulatory Checkbook, a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that performs research and sponsors educational programs related to regulatory science, economics, peer review and information quality.
From 1998-2001, Belzer was visiting professor of public policy at Washington University in St. Louis and regulatory program manager for the university’s Center for the Study of American Business. From 1988-1998, Belzer was a civil service staff economist in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the Office of Management and Budget. OIRA is the president’s agent for regulatory oversight, administration of the Paperwork Reduction Act, and implementation of government-wide policies on information quality. While at OMB, Belzer earned division performance awards in 1991 and 1992, and a special achievement award in 1990.
Belzer has earned degrees in public policy (Ph.D., Harvard University 1989; M.P.P.. John F. Kennedy School of Government 1982) and agricultural economics (M.S., University of California, Davis 1980; B.S. University of California, Davis 1979). He is a member of the American Economic Association, the American Public Health Association, and the Society for Risk Analysis. He served as SRA’s elected Treasurer from 1998-2002; Past Treasurer in 2003; and in 2003 received the Society’s Outstanding Service Award.