ARRA Newsletter - June 2008
Heading Out of Town
With less than eight months remaining for the Bush Administration, we are already seeing signs that it is preparing to close up shop. On May 9, 2008, the President's Chief of Staff, Josh Bolton, issued a memorandum to all Executive departments and agencies that read in part: "except in extraordinary circumstances, regulations to be finalized in this Administration should be proposed no later than June 1, 2008, and final regulations should be issued no later than November 1, 2008."
In other words, no last minute surprises. No last minute regulations and perhaps, just perhaps, no last minute designation of monument areas by the stroke of a Presidential pen like we witnessed during the closing days of another Administration.
Less is better, and in this case, we agree.