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 June 13 through June 17, the Federal Register grew by 1,120 pages for a year-to-date total of 36,762 pages.
The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
This week’s Federal Register featured the following 555 documents:
- 437 notices
- Six presidential documents
- 57 proposed rules
- 55 final rules
Four proposed rules, including fuel efficiency requirements for certification of certain airplanes from the Federal Aviation Administration, and two final rules, including an increase to small business size standards for North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) sectors relating to wholesale and retail trade from the Small Business 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 90 significant proposed rules, 115 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of June 17.
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