Federal Register weekly update: Three new significant proposed rules

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 November 9 to November 13, the Federal Register grew by 1,676 pages for a year-to-date total of 72,898 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 63,564 pages and 58,174 pages, respectively. As of November 13, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 9,334 pages and the 2018 total by 14,724 pages. 

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

Last week’s Federal Register featured the following 418 documents:

  • 318 notices
  • six presidential documents
  • 36 proposed rules
  • 58 final rules

Three proposed rules concerning amendments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Order, emission standards for hazardous air pollutants, and enterprise products overseen by the Federal Housing Finance Agency were deemed significant under E.O. 12866—defined by the potential to 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 30 significant proposed rules, 63 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of November 13.

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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