Federal Register weekly update; first week since July with no new presidential documents

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 23 to December 27, the Federal Register increased by 1,342 pages, bringing the year-to-date total to 71,734 pages. The week’s Federal Register featured a total of 408 documents, including 323 notices, zero presidential documents, 50 proposed rules, and 35 final rules.

One final rule was deemed significant under E.O. 12866—meaning that it 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 1,600 pages for a year-to-date total of 67,676 pages. As of December 28, the 2019 total led the 2018 total by 4,058 pages.

The Trump administration has added an average of 1,380 pages to the Federal Register each week in 2019 as of December 28. 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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Click here to find more information about weekly additions to the Federal Register in 2018 and 2017.

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Caitlin Styrsky

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