Midnight Rulemaking

The final months of an outgoing presidential administration typically generate a significant amount of regulatory activity. This increased regulatory activity during the “midnight” period has been documented as early as the Carter administration’s transition to Reagan, and has accompanied every presidential transition since, regardless of political party. The midnight period is typically defined as the period between the presidential election in November and Inauguration Day on January 20th of the following year.


Midnight Regulations resources:

Federal News RadioReal impact of midnight regulations, interview with Sofie E. Miller


Commentary, President Obama’s Midnight Regulatory Agenda, by Sofie E. Miller