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 October 12 to October 16, the Federal Register grew by 1,826 pages for a year-to-date total of 66,200 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 56,094 pages and 53,158 pages, respectively. As of October 16, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 10,106 pages and the 2018 total by 13,042 pages.
The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
This week’s Federal Register featured the following 528 documents:
- 406 notices
- 10 presidential documents
- 41 proposed rules
- 71 final rules
One final rule related to leave and holidays for U.S. personal services contractors 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 27 significant proposed rules, 59 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of October 16.
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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