For the seventeenth time since current budgeting rules were adopted in 1976, the federal government is shut down. Seventeen years of relative peace have devolved to business as usual. Roughly 800,000 federal workers are sitting idle. Despite the reduced workforce, the shutdown began with a bang on the regulatory front. During the shutdown’s first week, the Federal Register, the government’s daily journal where all new rules are published, contained 113 new regulations, more than any other week so far this year.