Federal Register weekly update: 11 significant 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 February 28 through March 4, the Federal Register grew by 1,630 pages for a year-to-date total of 12,554 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 584 documents:

  • 452 notices
  • Eight presidential documents
  • 53 proposed rules
  • 71 final rules

Four proposed rules, including an amendment to regulations relating to decommissioning production and utilization facilities from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and seven final rules, including a revision to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) rulemaking regulations from the Federal Emergency Management Agency 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 36 significant proposed rules, 41 significant final rules, and zero significant notices as of March 4.

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