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 Jan. 17 through Jan. 21, the Federal Register grew by 898 pages for a year-to-date total of 3,420 pages.
The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
This week’s Federal Register featured the following 443 documents:
- 354 notices
- Two presidential documents
- 29 proposed rules
- 58 final rules
Two proposed rules, including rescheduling a virtual public hearing on proposed particulate matter emission standards for certain aircraft engines from the Environmental Protection Agency, and four final rules, including procedures for earning time credits as authorized by the First Step Act of 2018 (FSA) from the Prisons Bureau 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 11 significant proposed rules, 17 significant final rules, and zero significant notices as of Jan. 21.
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