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 August 23 through August 27, the Federal Register grew by 1,344 pages for a year-to-date total of 48,294 pages.
The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
This week’s Federal Register featured the following 611 documents:
- 495 notices
- Two presidential documents
- 52 proposed rules
- 62 final rules
Seven proposed rules and five final rules 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 44 significant proposed rules, 46 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of August 27.
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