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 March 7 through March 11, the Federal Register grew by 1,588 pages for a year-to-date total of 14,142 pages.
The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
This week’s Federal Register featured the following 582 documents:
- 477 notices
- Four presidential documents
- 35 proposed rules
- 66 final rules
Five final rules, including an amendment to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to address domestic preferences in government procurement from the Defense Department, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration 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, 46 significant final rules, and zero significant notices as of March 11.
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