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.
Real impact of midnight regulations, interview with Sofie E. Miller
Commentary, President Obama’s Midnight Regulatory Agenda, by Sofie E. Miller
RegBlog, Independent Regulatory Agencies Are Not Likely to Be Part of President Obama’s Midnight Rulemaking, by Daniel R. Pérez
RegBlog, Quantitative Models Predict Historic Obama Midnight Surge, by Sofie Miller
Report, The Final Countdown: Projecting Midnight Regulations, by Sofie E. Miller and Daniel R Pérez
Forbes, End Game: Time Is Running Out On President Obama's Regulatory Program, by Susan E. Dudley