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 April 11 through April 15, the Federal Register grew by 1,810 pages for a year-to-date total of 22,810 pages.
The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
This week’s Federal Register featured the following 551 documents:
- 432 notices
- Six presidential documents
- 50 proposed rules
- 63 final rules
Five proposed rules, including an amendment to test procedures for commercial and industrial pumps from the Energy Department, and four final rules, including product performance data requirements for pesticidal products claiming efficacy against certain categories of invertebrate pests from the Environmental Protection 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 61 significant proposed rules, 72 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of April 15.
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