Federal Register weekly update: More than 250 presidential documents issued so far in 2021

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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 August 30 through September 3, the Federal Register grew by 1,608 pages for a year-to-date total of 49,902 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 590 documents:

  1. 467 notices
  2. 11 presidential documents
  3. 39 proposed rules
  4. 73 final rules

Five proposed rules, including new migratory game bird hunting regulations from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and seven final rules, including the establishment of a dairy product donation program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 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 49 significant proposed rules, 53 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of September 3.

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