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The Final Countdown: Projecting Midnight Regulations

July 12, 2016
By Sofie E. Miller, Daniel R. Pérez

This report from the GW Regulatory Studies Center predicts the number of economically significant rules likely to be issued during the Obama administration's final months, finding while independent regulatory agencies do not typically increase their

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This report from the GW Regulatory Studies Center predicts the number of economically significant rules likely to be issued during the Obama administration's final months, finding while independent regulatory agencies do not typically increase their regulatory output in an administration's final months, executive agencies under the President's direct control do increase their regulatory output during presidential transitions. According to the study, there is more than a 99% chance that executive regulatory agencies will increase their output of economically significant rules during the midnight period. On average, the models the Regulatory Studies Center uses indicate we should expect a threefold increase in economically significant rules—from an average of 4 to 12 per month during each midnight month.