Federal Register weekly update: 2020 page total tops 55,000 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 August 31 to September 4, the Federal Register grew by 1,714 pages for a year-to-date total of 55,358 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 47,114 pages and 45,543 pages, respectively. As of September 4, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 8,244 pages and the 2018 total by 9,815 pages.

The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 588 documents:

• 474 notices
• six presidential documents
• 39 proposed rules
• 69 final rules

One final rule concerning covered brokers and dealers under the Dodd Frank Act 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 24 significant proposed rules, 49 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of September 4.

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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Click here to find more information about weekly additions to the Federal Register in 2019, 2018, and 2017: Changes to the Federal Register

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Click here to find yearly information about additions to the Federal Register from 1936 to 2018: Historical additions to the Federal Register, 1936-2018

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Caitlin Styrsky

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