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 August 17 to August 21, the Federal Register grew by 2,084 pages for a year-to-date total of 52,024 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 44,536 pages and 43,500 pages, respectively. As of August 21, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 7,488 pages and the 2018 total by 8,524 pages.
The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
• 79 final rules
Three final rules concerning Department of Defense grants and cooperative agreements, corrected air pollutant emission standards for plywood and composite wood products, and the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers program 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 24 significant proposed rules, 46 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of August 21.
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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