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 27 to January 31, the Federal Register grew by 1,334 pages for a year-to-date total of 5,902 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 1,342 pages and 5,028 pages, respectively. As of January 31, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 4,560 pages and the 2018 total by 874 pages.
According to government data, the Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
This week’s Federal Register featured the following 661 documents:
• 567 notices
• four presidential documents
• 38 proposed rules
• 52 final rules
Two 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.
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