Federal Register weekly update: Two new significant regulations issued (2020)

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 September 28 to October 2, the Federal Register grew by 1,856 pages for a year-to-date total of 62,538 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 53,302 pages and 50,474 pages, respectively. As of October 2, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 9,236 pages and the 2018 total by 12,064 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 598 documents:

• 473 notices
• six presidential documents
• 46 proposed rules
• 73 final rules
One proposed rule related to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) hearing proceedings and two final rules concerning DEA’s efforts to prevent illegal drug distribution and the Farm Credit Administration’s (FCA) loan requirements 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 25 significant proposed rules, 56 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of October 2.

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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