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Jan
12

Midnight Regulations and the Decrease of OIRA Staff

From: Mercatus | George Mason University

Sherzod Abdukadirov

Every four years, the number of new federal regulations surges during the “midnight” period between presidential election day and Inauguration Day. This surge is seen when an incumbent president is reelected; however, it is considerably higher when there is a change in administration. Freed from many of the normal political constraints, administrations use the midnight period to enact sweeping and controversial regulations. Once finalized, regulations are difficult to repeal.

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