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 June 1 to June 5, the Federal Register grew by 1,980 pages for a year-to-date total of 34,956 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 26,738 pages and 26,832 pages, respectively. As of June 5, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 8,218 pages and the 2018 total by 8,124 pages.
The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
- 501 notices
- nine presidential documents
- 52 proposed rules
- 69 final rules
One proposed rule concerning official time in federal sector cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was deemed significant under E.O. 12866—meaning that it 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 21 significant proposed rules and 28 significant final rules as of June 5.
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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