Federal Register weekly update; highest weekly presidential document total of 2020 to date

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 May 4 to May 8, the Federal Register grew by 1,326 pages for a year-to-date total of 27,644 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 20,764 pages and 22,176 pages, respectively. As of May 8, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 6,880 pages and the 2018 total by 5,468 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 570 types of documents:
  • 428 notices
  • 16 presidential documents
  • 57 proposed rules
  • 69 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 24 significant final rules as of May 8.

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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Click here to find yearly information about additions to the Federal Register from 1936 to 2018.



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Caitlin Styrsky

Caitlin Styrsky is a staff writer at Ballotpedia and can be reached at caitlin.styrsky@ballotpedia.org

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