The Blizzard of '96 kept banking and thrift regulators from doing much work last week as the federal government was closed every day except Thursday.

Still, Douglas E. Harris, senior deputy comptroller for capital markets, made it in every day of the shutdown to "clear stacks of paper off my desk," he said. Maybe he was waiting for a phone call from the White House. Mr. Harris is a finalist for chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

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