Federal Register weekly update; 2019 weekly page average continues to climb

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 April 15 to April 19, the number of pages in the Federal Register increased by 1,518 pages, bringing the year-to-date total to 16,600 pages. The Federal Register featured a total of 590 documents, including 487 notices, four presidential documents, 33 proposed rules, and 66 final rules.
 
One final rule and two proposed 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.
 
During the same week in 2018, the number of pages in the Federal Register increased by 1,432 pages. As of April 19, the 2019 total trailed the 2018 total by 1,014 pages.
 
The Trump administration has added an average of 1,038 pages to the Federal Register each week in 2019 as of April 19. 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 yearly information about additions to the Federal Register from 1936 to 2016: https://ballotpedia.org/Historical_additions_to_the_Federal_Register,_1936-2016



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