Federal Register weekly update; 2019 year-to-date page total exceeds 2018 figure for first time

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 June 24 to June 28, the number of pages in the Federal Register increased by 1,800 pages, bringing the year-to-date total to 31,170 pages. This week’s Federal Register featured a total of 618 documents, including 454 notices, four presidential documents, 61 proposed rules, and 73 final rules.
One proposed rule and one final rule 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 1,396 pages for a year-to-date total of 30,830 pages. As of June 28, the 2019 total led the 2018 total by 340 pages.
The Trump administration has added an average of 1,199 pages to the Federal Register each week in 2019 as of June 28. Over the course of 2018, the Trump administration added an average of 1,301 pages to the Federal Register each week. During 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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