Federal Register weekly update; no significant final rules published

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 February 3 to February 7, the Federal Register grew by 1,288 pages for a year-to-date total of 7,190 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 3,094 pages and 5,870 pages, respectively. As of February 7, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 4,096 pages and the 2018 total by 1,320 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 566 documents:
• 458 notices
• eight presidential documents
• 40 proposed rules
• 60 final rules

One proposed rule and no 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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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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