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 November 8 through November 12, the Federal Register grew by 1,228 pages for a year-to-date total of 62,892 pages.
The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
This week’s Federal Register featured the following 432 documents:
- 343 notices
- Three presidential documents
- 34 proposed rules
- 52 final rules
Two proposed rules, including a proposal to rescind regulations established in a previously published rule titled “Implementing Legal Requirements Regarding the Equal Opportunity Clause’s Religious Exemption” from the Federal Contract Compliance Programs Office, and five final rules, including an amendment to a portion of the Veterans Affairs Schedule for Rating Disabilities that addresses cardiovascular systems from the Veterans Affairs 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 91 significant proposed rules, 115 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of November 12.
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