Federal Register weekly update: 604 new documents added

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 Nov. 1 through Nov. 5, the Federal Register grew by 1,506 pages for a year-to-date total of 61,664 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 604 documents:

  • 495 notices
  • 13 presidential documents
  • 33 proposed rules
  • 63 final rules

Four proposed rules, including changes to flight attendant duty periods and rest requirements by the Federal Aviation Administration, and four final rules, including an interim rule to establish hiring authorities for college graduates from the Personnel Management Office, 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 89 significant proposed rules, 110 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of November 5.

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