Federal Register weekly update: 22 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, accounting for both regulatory and deregulatory actions.

From Oct. 4-Oct. 8, the Federal Register grew by 2,058 pages for a year-to-date total of 56,644 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 628 documents:

  • 500 notices
  • 14 presidential documents
  • 37 proposed rules
  • 77 final rules

Seven proposed rules, including a National Environmental Policy Act implementing regulations revision from the Council on Environmental Quality, and 15 final rules, including one aimed at providing access to family planning services from the Health and Human Services Department, 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 71 significant proposed rules, 95 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of Oct. 8.

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