Federal Register weekly update; lowest number of presidential documents since first week of 2019

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 July 8 to July 12, the number of pages in the Federal Register increased by 1,436 pages, bringing the year-to-date total to 33,690 pages. The week’s Federal Register featured a total of 508 documents, including 405 notices, zero presidential documents, 54 proposed rules, and 49 final rules.
 
One proposed rule and two 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.
 
During the same week in 2018, the number of pages in the Federal Register increased by 1,118 pages for a year-to-date total of 32,758 pages. As of July 12, the 2019 total led the 2018 total by 932 pages.
 
The Trump administration has added an average of 1,203 pages to the Federal Register each week in 2019 as of July 12. 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.
 
Additional reading:
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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