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 August 5 to August 9, the number of pages in the Federal Register increased by 1,768 pages, bringing the year-to-date total to 39,722 pages. The week’s Federal Register featured a total of 525 documents, including 414 notices, five presidential documents, 39 proposed rules, and 67 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 1,626 pages for a year-to-date total of 39,870 pages. As of August 9, the 2019 total trailed the 2018 total by 148 pages.
The Trump administration has added an average of 1,241 pages to the Federal Register each week in 2019 as of August 9. 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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