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 11 to May 15, the Federal Register grew by 1,946 pages for a year-to-date total of 29,590 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 22,692 pages and 23,348 pages, respectively. As of May 15, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 6,898 pages and the 2018 total by 6,242 pages.
The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
This week’s Federal Register featured the following 547 documents:
• 436 notices
• 10 presidential documents
• 51 proposed rules
• 50 final rules
One proposed rule on emergency preparedness for nuclear reactors and two final rules concerning women-owned small businesses and guidance for foreign tax credits 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 16 significant proposed rules and 26 significant final rules as of May 15.
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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