Federal Register weekly update; lowest weekly final rule total since January

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 22 to April 26, the number of pages in the Federal Register increased by 1,330 pages, bringing the year-to-date total to 17,930 pages. This week’s Federal Register featured a total of 498 documents, including 411 notices, one presidential document, 41 proposed rules, and 45 final rules.
 
One final rule was deemed significant under E.O. 12866—meaning that it may have a large impact 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 1,112 pages. As of April 26, the 2019 total trailed the 2018 total by 796 pages.
 
The Trump administration has added an average of 1,055 pages to the Federal Register each week in 2019 as of April 26. 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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