One Reason I Still Like W
By Vladimir Posted in Inside the mind of a bureaucrat | The White House — Comments (2) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
"Except in extraordinary circumstances regulations to be finalized in this Adminstration should be proposed no later than June 1, 2008 and final regulations should be issued no later than November 1, 2008."
Conservatives should rejoice. Bureaucrats have historically looked forward to the waning moments of a lame duck presidency to slip through all the bureaucratic muck they have accumulated during the President's term, and for whatever reason has not been pushed forward. With an impending deadline, a lot of stuff slips through with little scrutiny.
After all, it is their government.
But the New York Times' sniffs:
While the White House called the deadlines “simply good government,” some legal specialists said the policy would ensure that rules the administration wanted to be part of Mr. Bush’s legacy would be less subject to being overturned by his successor. Moreover, they said, the deadlines could allow the administration to avoid thorny proposals that are likely to come up in the next few months, including environmental and safety rules that have been in the regulatory pipeline for years. [Memo to NYT: Do I look like I just fell off a turnip truck? -- ed.]
Many regulations do not take effect until 60 days after they have been issued, and a new president can try to postpone or revise them. After Mr. Bush took office in 2001, for example, he froze hundreds of pending regulations issued by the administration of Bill Clinton.
Mr. Clinton, in turn, had imposed a similar moratorium on last-minute regulations issued by the first President Bush.
Many officials in government agencies said they were caught unaware by the White House’s order, issued May 9.
Some officials described a flurry of activity as they sought to get proposals approved for publication in the Federal Register by June 1.
The highly unusual directive [is this supposed to be ironic? -- ed.] was outlined in a memorandum that Joshua B. Bolten, the White House chief of staff, issued to agency heads without public announcement.
The government should “resist the historical tendency of administrations to increase regulatory activity in their final months,” Mr. Bolten wrote. “We must recognize that the burden imposed by new regulations is cumulative and has a significant effect on all Americans.”
[emphasis added -- the nerve!]