Federal Register weekly update; average weekly page total declines for fourth week in a row

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 December 9 to December 13, the Federal Register increased by 1,156 pages, bringing the year-to-date total to 68,324 pages. The week’s Federal Register featured a total of 509 documents, including 409 notices, two presidential documents, 34 proposed rules, and 64 final rules.

Two proposed rules were deemed significant under E.O. 12866—meaning that they could 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 1,050 pages for a year-to-date total of 64,432 pages. As of December 13, the 2019 total led the 2018 total by 3,892 pages.

The Trump administration has added an average of 1,366 pages to the Federal Register each week in 2019 as of December 13. 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.

Ballotpedia maintains page counts and other information about the Federal Register as part of its Administrative State Project. The project is a neutral, nonpartisan encyclopedic resource that defines and analyzes the administrative state, including its philosophical origins, legal and judicial precedents, and scholarly examinations of its consequences. The project also monitors and reports on measures of federal government activity.

Click here to find more information about weekly additions to the Federal Register in 2018 and 2017.

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Click here to find yearly information about additions to the Federal Register from 1936 to 2016.



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Caitlin Styrsky

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