WASHINGTON — Spurred by statutory deadlines and political considerations, federal bank regulators are rushing to complete a handful of major regulations before the Clinton Administration leaves town Jan. 20.

“There is always the end-of-year effort to clean things up,” said Karen Petrou, president of the ISD/Shaw Inc. consulting firm here. The effort is magnified this year because it is also the end of a presidential administration and many of these bureaucrats may not have jobs a few weeks or months from now regardless of who wins the disputed election.

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