New rules rule

We’re making room on the shelf here for an extra fat issue of the June 1, 2008 Federal Register.

The lead story in today’s New York Times reports on a memorandum sent to executive agencies by White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten on May 9th telling the agencies that “they have until June 1 to propose any new regulations. . . .”

Administration Moves to Avert Late Rules Rush
By CHARLIE SAVAGE and ROBERT PEAR
Some legal specialists said the White House’s deadlines for
proposing and issuing regulations would make it harder for
President Bush’s successor to overturn them.

The Times story notes that the order

. . . will affect only potential rules controlled by the Bush administration.  It does not apply to independent agencies or to pending regulations with deadlines imposed by federal statutes or court orders.  The memorandum also does not prevent agencies from continuing work on potential rules that are not intended to be made final until after the next president takes office.

An interesting and related article is John M. Broder, A Legacy Bush Can Control, The New York Times, Week in Review, Sunday, September 9, 2007, p. 1.