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“Trump Agencies Racing to Finalize New Regulations by Year’s End”

“Federal agencies appear on track to issue at least a dozen high-priority regulations by the end of 2020, racing to enact President Donald Trump’s agenda in the waning days of what may—or may not—be his sole term in office.

Underscoring that sense of urgency, this month the Trump administration unveiled a pair of proposed rules—one empowering the Department of Homeland Security to expand its collection of biometric data from those seeking to enter the U.S., and one from the Department of Labor that could redefine what it means to be an independent contractor—each with just a 30-day window for public comment, rather than the more typical 60 or 90 days.

“Regulation tends to pick up near the end of a presidential term as agencies try to promulgate their priorities while they have the opportunity to do so,” said Stuart Shapiro, associate dean of faculty at Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.”

Cheryl Bolen and Lydia O'Neal report for Bloomberg Environment September 25, 2020.