Burrowing in at midnight


The Congressional Research Service has an interesting report out (pdf) on the presidential transition.

CRS found that the president’s “lame duck” status between Election Day and Inauguration Day leads to all kinds of interestingly named activities, everything from “midnight rulemaking” to “burrowing in.”

We’ll have a longer look at “midnight rulemaking” in next week’s Federal Times, which comes out on Nov. 3. Basically, though, agency heads push through all kinds of last-minute regulations. November-January is usually a quiet time for regulatory agencies, but their output doubles during a transition year — and many of the regulations are approved without proper oversight.

CRS is also worried about records retention, which has been a recurring problem during this administration.

The whole report is worth a look.


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