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 July 13 to July 17, the Federal Register grew by 1,776 pages for a year-to-date total of 43,680 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 35,002 pages and 34,752 pages, respectively. As of July 17, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 8,678 pages and the 2018 total by 8,928 pages.
The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
This week’s Federal Register featured the following 586 documents:
• 472 notices
• two presidential documents
• 41 proposed rules
• 71 final rules
One proposed rule aiming to amend the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) nondiscrimination regulations and one final rule concerning DoD’s sexual assault prevention and response services 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 22 significant proposed rules, 35 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of July 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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