Federal Register weekly update: Tops 26,000 pages

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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 overall regulatory activity, accounting for both regulatory and deregulatory actions.

From May 10 through May 14, the Federal Register grew by 1,936 pages for a year-to-date total of 26,632 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:

• 408 notices

• 12 presidential documents

• 48 proposed rules

• 60 final rules

One proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security related to the removal of the international entrepreneur parole program and one proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Energy concerning the potential coverage of commercial and industrial fans under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act 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 17 significant proposed rules and nine significant final rules as of May 14.

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