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 24 to August 28, the Federal Register grew by 1,620 pages for a year-to-date total of 53,644 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 45,872 pages and 44,814 pages, respectively. As of August 28, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 7,772 pages and the 2018 total by 8,830 pages.
The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
This week’s Federal Register featured the following 603 documents:
Two final rules concerning the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and loans within the Farm Credit System 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, 48 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of August 28.
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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