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 17 through May 21, the Federal Register grew by 1,164 pages for a year-to-date total of 27,796 pages.
The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
Last week’s Federal Register featured the following 521 documents:
• 421 notices
• nine presidential documents
• 38 proposed rules
• 53 final rules
One proposed rule from the Farm Credit Administration related to loans made by the Farm Credit System and one proposed rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration concerning the Hazard Communication Standard 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 Biden administration has issued 19 significant proposed rules and nine significant final rules as of May 21.
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