Regulatory Activity in the Bush Administration at the Stroke of Midnight

By Susan E. Dudley
July 20, 2009
One of the first acts of the Obama administration was a January 20 memorandum from White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to federal department heads aimed at stopping the midnight regulations of the outgoing Bush administration. The memo directed agencies not to send regulations to the Federal Register until they were approved by policy officials appointed by the new president, and to retrieve from the Federal Register all regulations not yet published...