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February 1, 2017

Trump Administration Issues Regulatory Freeze

On January 20, 2017, the Trump administration issued a regulatory review memorandum, instructing agency heads to freeze new and pending regulations for review by the new administration. More specifically, the memorandum directs agency heads to:

  • Send no regulations to the Office of the Federal Register without review and approval by a presidentially appointed official (with an exception for emergency and other specified urgent circumstances);
  • Withdraw regulations that have been sent to the Office of the Federal Register but not yet published; and
  • Delay the effective date for at least 60 days for regulations that have been published in the Federal Register but not yet taken effect to review questions of fact, law and policy raised by the regulations.