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.
From January 1 to January 3, the 2020 Federal Register grew to 418 pages. The publication featured the following 165 documents:
• 131 notices
• zero presidential documents
• 13 proposed rules
• 21 final rules
No proposed or final 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 first week of 2019, the Federal Register grew to 34 pages. As of January 3, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 384 pages.
According to government data, the Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
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