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 September 30 to October 4, the number of pages in the Federal Register increased by 1,938 pages, bringing the year-to-date total to 53,302 pages. The week’s Federal Register featured a total of 671 documents, including 501 notices, 13 presidential documents, 60 proposed rules, and 97 final rules.
Two proposed rules and seven 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 1,210 pages for a year-to-date total of 50,474 pages. As of October 4, the 2019 total led the 2018 total by 2,828 pages.
The Trump administration has added an average of 1,333 pages to the Federal Register each week in 2019 as of October 4. 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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