by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
A month after leaving his post as President Obama’s Ebola czar, longtime Democratic operative Ron Klain has penned a column warning that federal regulations will create roadblocks in several emerging technology industries.
Klain, who the White House brought on in October to manage the Ebola crisis, wrote in a column at Tech Crunch on Sunday that venture capitalists can expect to face more federal red-tape over the final 20 months of Obama’s term.
“Recent developments in Washington, especially the Obama administration’s greater desire to flex its regulatory muscles in several key areas, mean that some booming startups will have to navigate new governmental hurdles in Washington, D.C,” Klain wrote.
“The most visible conflicts between startups and the government in the next two years will be in the nation’s capital, not in city halls or state houses.”
Though Klain’s column strikes a diplomatic, inside-the-Beltway tone, the former Al Gore and Joe Biden aide gave strong indications that he thinks federal regulations will pose more of a hindrance than a boon in the realms of commercial drones, financial technology, medical devices/genetic testing and privacy/cybersecurity.