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 21 through March 25, the Federal Register grew by 1,302 pages for a year-to-date total of 17,140 pages.
The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
This week’s Federal Register featured the following 576 documents:
- 454 notices
- Four presidential documents
- 66 proposed rules
- 52 final rules
Three proposed rules, including an amendment to regulations to update the Department of Defense (DOD) Commercial Air Transportation Quality and Safety Review Program from the Air Force Department, and three final rules, including an amendment to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) from the State 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 41 significant proposed rules, 54 significant final rules, and zero significant notices as of March 25.
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