Federal Register weekly update; lowest weekly final rule total since January

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 April 13 to April 17, the Federal Register grew by 1,354 pages for a year-to-date total of 21,738 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 16,600 pages and 17,614 pages, respectively. As of April 17, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 5,138 pages and the 2018 total by 4,124 pages.

The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 531 documents:
• 419 notices
• five presidential documents
• 56 proposed rules
• 51 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. The Trump administration in 2020 has issued 15 significant proposed rules and 19 significant final rules as of April 17.

Not all rules issued by the Trump administration are regulatory actions. Some rules are deregulatory actions pursuant to President Trump’s (R) Executive Order 13771, which requires federal agencies to eliminate two old significant regulations for each new significant regulation issued.

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