Federal Register weekly update; 2019 Federal Register passes 20,000-page threshold

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 May 6 to May 10, the number of pages in the Federal Register increased by 1,082 pages, bringing the year-to-date total to 20,764 pages. This week’s Federal Register featured a total of 554 documents, including 434 notices, 18 presidential documents, 44 proposed rules, and 58 final rules.
 
One proposed 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 2,272 pages. As of May 10, the 2019 total trailed the 2018 total by 1,412 pages.
 
The Trump administration has added an average of 1,093 pages to the Federal Register each week in 2019 as of May 10. 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.
 
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