Federal Register weekly update: Five new significant documents

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 March 8 through March 12—the eighth week of the Biden administration—the Federal Register grew by 1,072 pages for a year-to-date total of 14,220 pages. During the same period of the Trump administration in 2017, the Federal Register grew by 940 pages for a year-to-date total of 14,318 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 582 documents:

• 432 notices

• four presidential documents

• 63 proposed rules

• 83 final rules

Three proposed rules regarding critical habitat designation for the ringed seal, modifications to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy rules, and drinking water standards as well as two final rules concerning drone operations and drinking water standards 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 Biden administration has issued seven significant proposed rules and four significant final rules as of March 12.

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