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 28 through April 1, the Federal Register grew by 2,226 pages for a year-to-date total of 19,366 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:
- 459 notices
- 10 presidential documents
- 50 proposed rules
- 57 final rules
Seven proposed rules, including an amendment to occupational injury and illness recordkeeping regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and 10 final rules, including an amendment to the occupant protection Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSSs) to account for vehicles with Automated Driving Systems (ADS) from the National Highway Traffic Safety 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 48 significant proposed rules, 64 significant final rules, and zero significant notices as of April 1.
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