Briefly Noted: Obama’s Midnight

Regulation Magazine

by Daniel R. Pérez, Policy Analyst

April 14, 2016

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President Obama’s regulatory output to date has already surpassed both of his predecessors, and it is understandable that observers are carefully considering the possible effects of a surge in rules published within this administration’s midnight period. A significant increase in regulatory output is likely to reduce the amount of time available for agencies to seriously consider public comment, affect the quality of oversight that OIRA is able to provide, and also add considerable political constraints on the incoming administration.