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22 October 2013

Limited impact of the shutdown on regulatory production

Regblog has published an interesting article investigating in detail how government shutdowns can affect the stream of regulation, using past examples (1995-1996) as well as first impacts of the most recent one. The conclusion is encouraging: the effects of a freeze of regulatory activity are temporary and the machine soon catches up. "This glance back at the shutdowns from the 1990s does suggest that a shutdown does not create long-lasting effects on agencies’ regulatory capacities. It might take them a while to warm up after the shutdown, but as long as politicians do eventually come to an agreement and re-open government, federal agencies will fairly soon be back in business protecting health, safety, and the environment."

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