Federal Register weekly update: Tops 80,000 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 December 7 to December 11, the Federal Register grew by 1,882 pages for a year-to-date total of 80,580 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 68,324 pages and 64,432 pages, respectively. As of December 11, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 12,256 pages and the 2018 total by 16,148 pages. 

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 564 documents:

  • 456 notices
  • seven presidential documents
  • 34 proposed rules
  • 67 final rules

One final rule regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program was 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 32 significant proposed rules, 69 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of December 11.

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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