The Federal Register is a daily journal of federal government activity that includes presidential documents, proposed and final rules, and public notices. It is a common measure of an administration’s regulatory activity.
During the week of January 14 to January 18, the number of pages in the Federal Register increased by 88 pages, bringing the year-to-date total to 194 pages. A total of 14 documents were included in the week’s Federal Register, including three notices, one presidential document, and ten rules.
No proposed or final rules were deemed significant under E.O. 12866—meaning that they may have large impacts on the economy, environment, public health, or state or local governments. Significant actions may also conflict with presidential priorities or other agency rules.
Due to the government shutdown, fewer pages have been added the Federal Register compared to recent years. During the same week in 2018, the number of pages in the Federal Register increased by 856 pages. As of January 18, the 2019 total trailed the 2018 total by 2,690 pages.
The Trump administration has added an average of 65 pages to the Federal Register each week in 2019 as of January 18. In 2018, the Trump administration added an average of 1,301 pages to the Federal Register each week. Over the course of the Obama administration, the Federal Register increased by an average of 1,658 pages per week.
According to government data, the Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
Click here to find more information about weekly additions to the Federal Register in 2018 and 2017. Click here to find yearly information about additions to the Federal Register from 1936 to 2016.
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