Scott O’Malia

Scott O’Malia

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer

Company: ISDA

Scott O’Malia served as a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) from October 2009 to July 2014. Prior to that, he served as the Staff Director to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.   From 2003 to 2004, Mr. O’Malia served on the U.S. Senate Energy and National Resources Committee under Chairman Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), as Senior Policy Advisor.  From 1992 to 2001, he served as Senior Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.), now the Senate Minority Leader.  During his career, Mr. O’Malia also co-founded the Washington office of Mirant Corp., where he worked on rules and standards for corporate risk management and energy trading among wholesale power producers.

In his time at the CFTC, Mr. O’Malia promoted the use of technology to more effectively meet the agency’s oversight responsibilities and advocated for the CFTC to adjust and adapt to its evolving mission after the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act.  He reestablished the long-dormant CFTC Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) and urged for the creation of the Office of Data and Technology (ODT).  His efforts also include championing swap execution facilities (SEFs) as innovative, flexible and transparent platforms that will encourage the trading of swaps on exchange; the establishment of an interdivisional staff working group to reform the CFTC’s swaps data recordkeeping and reporting procedures; and preserving the essential price discovery and hedging functions of the futures and swaps markets for end-users.

Mr. O’Malia also emphasized the importance of international cooperation and harmonization with foreign jurisdictions to effectively and efficiently regulate the global futures and swaps markets, in accordance with the principles set forth by the G-20.

Born in South Bend, Indiana and raised in Williamston, Michigan, Mr. O’Malia earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.


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Speaking at the following:

11:40 - 12:20
Lessons learned from the rollout of margin requirements

What happened on September 1? What has the industry learned? Looking ahead to the next set of deadlines Documentation challenges – repapering the entire market by March 1 The next phase of development for margin models