Federal Register exceeds 48,000 pages in 2019
From time to time I like to feature our coverage of the Federal Register here in the Brew. We track this regularly at Ballotpedia, but I haven’t provided an update in a few months.
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. We monitor page counts and other information about the Federal Register each week as part of our Administrative State Project.
Last week, the number of pages in the Federal Register increased by 1,432 pages, bringing the year-to-date total to 48,546 pages. During the same week in 2018, the number of pages in the Federal Register increased by 1,305 pages for a year-to-date total of 46,848 pages. As of September 13, the 2019 total was more than the 2018 total by 1,698 pages.
The week’s Federal Register featured 544 documents, including 413 notices, eight presidential documents, 35 proposed rules, and 88 final rules. This is the second-highest weekly number of final rules so far in 2019. The median number of federal rules published each week in the Federal Register this year is 59.
The Trump administration has added an average of 1,312 pages to the Federal Register each week in 2019 as of July 19. 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.
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