Federal Register tops 40,000 pages

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 29 to July 3, the Federal Register grew by 1,346 pages for a year-to-date total of 40,086 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 32,254 pages and 31,640 pages, respectively. As of July 3, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 7,832 pages and the 2018 total by 8,446 pages.
The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
This week’s Federal Register featured the following 486 documents:
• 383 notices
• seven presidential documents
• 39 proposed rules
• 57 final rules
One final rule concerning professional development for pilots 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, 31 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of July 3.
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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