Federal Register weekly update: More than 300 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 regulatory activity, accounting for both regulatory and deregulatory actions.

From October 11 through October 15, the Federal Register grew by 880 pages for a year-to-date total of 57,524 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 448 documents:

  1. 379 notices
  2. 12 presidential documents
  3. 27 proposed rules
  4. 30 final rules

One proposed rule, an amendment to the Investment Duties regulations regarding prudence and loyalty in selecting plan investments from the Employee Benefits Security Administration, and two final rules, including an energy conservation program from the Energy 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 72 significant proposed rules, 97 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of October 15.

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