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Donald R Arbuckle
University Retirees-Public & Nonprofit Management
Office MailstopMail Box: WT17, Room No.: GR2610 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-5340    Media Contact
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Trang, Vy T
 Professional Preparation
 Ph.D.American CivilizationUniversity of Pennsylvania1977
 M.A.American CivilizationUniversity of Pennsylvania1974
 B.A. Havard College1967
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Research Interests
Presidential administration of the Executive Branch, including OMB oversight of budget, legislative, regulatory, and information policy development and implementation within the Executive Branch. The evolution since 1981 of centralized Presidential regulatory review, including the application of benefit cost analysis. Transparency and disclosure within the White House. 
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2006-PresentClinical Professor of Public Administration  The University of Texas at Dallas
1999-2006Deputy AdministratorOffice of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Executive Office of the President of the United States
1981-1996OIRA Analyst and Deputy Branch Chief  Recruited professionals for OMB at Harvard's Kennedy School, Yale, Syracuse and Princeton. Founded White House Athletic Center
1979-1981Analyst  National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
1977-1979Professor of American Studies  Pahlavi University, Shiraz, Iran
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 Additional Information

U.S. Navy 1968-1972.

  • Major Honors: Meritorious Presidential Rank Award 2001; OMB Distinguished Service Award 1995 (highest OMB award).
  • Married to Carlisle E. Walters, Intellectual Property Law Judge, United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  • 3 children: Jennifer, husband Steve Loeswick , and daughter Isabella (Baton Rouge, Louisiana); Benjamin, wife Erin and daughters Abigail and Claire (Waco, Texas); Michael, School of Architecture, University of Texas, Austin.

Personal Statement

In the fall of 2006, Dr. Arbuckle came to the Public Affairs program at the University of Texas at Dallas, recruited by his long-time friend Larry Terry. He teaches graduate level courses in public affairs to Masters and PhD candidates. Don’s expertise lies in Federal regulatory affairs, administrative practice, and the practice and politics of the Presidency.

In the summer of 2006, Dr. Arbuckle retired after surviving 25 years at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). There he was the career executive in charge of the OMB staff responsible for Presidential review of regulations and government efforts to collect information; Executive Branch information and information technology policy; and Federal Government statistical policy. He worked on a daily basis with White House policy officials from the Office of the Vice President, the Chief of Staff’s Office, the Domestic Policy Counsel, and the Office of Homeland Security, and with agency officials, including both career executives and political appointees. In 1995, Dr. Arbuckle received the Distinguished Service Award, the highest award given by OMB; and in 2001 he was awarded a Meritorious Presidential Rank Achievement Award, one of the highest awards given in the Executive Branch to career executives. He also served for many years as a recruiter for OMB, and was one of the founders in 1987 of the White House Athletic Center.

Before joining OMB in 1981 Dr. Arbuckle served as an analyst at the National Transportation Safety Board. Prior to that, in a singularly ill-timed career move, he was a Professor of American Civilization at Pahlavi University in Shiraz, Iran, just as the Iranian Revolution got underway.

Dr. Arbuckle was educated at Harvard College and has Masters and PhD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1972. Don’s wife Carlisle is a judge at the Commerce Department’s Patent and Trademark Office. He and Carlisle have three children: Jennifer, husband Steve, who coaches at Louisiana State University and daughter Isabella; Ben, wife Erin and daughters Abigail and Claire - - Ben is a Professor of Archeology at Baylor University; and Michael, a sophomore in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin.

Awards and Honors
  • Meritorious Presidential Rank Achievement Award (one of the highest awards given in the Executive Branch to career executives). 2001.
  • OMB Recognition of Distinguished Service on September 11, 2001. For service to the White House and Executive Office of the President following the attack of September 11, 2001.
  • Distinguished Service Award (the highest award given by OMB). 1995.

Professional Memberships
  • American Society for Public Administration
  • North Texas Chapter of American Society for Public Administration
  • Society of Risk Analysis

Professional and University Citizenship
  • University Director of Presidential Management Fellows Program. Solicit applications and manage application process. 2006-2012.
  • Organize and conduct periodic seminars for UTD Public Affairs PhD candidates to introduce them to PA program PhD expectations. 2012.
  • Organize and conduct period writing seminars for UTD graduate students. 2006-2012.Donald R. Arbuckle, Ph.D.7
  • Lecture and provide White House tours for UTD undergraduate McDermott Scholars.2007-20011.

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