Federal Register weekly update: Tops 15,000 documents

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 July 11 through July 15, the Federal Register grew by 1,608 pages for a year-to-date total of 42,632 pages.

The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 579 documents:

  1. 463 notices
  2. Five presidential documents
  3. 39 proposed rules
  4. 72 final rules

Eight proposed rules, including an amendment to Title IX regulations to clarify the obligation of schools receiving federal financial assistance to provide education without discrimination on the basis of sex from the Education Department, and three final rules, including amendments to medical regulations for the Civilian Health and Medical Program from the Veterans Affairs 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 112 significant proposed rules, 131 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of July 15.

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Click here to find yearly information about additions to the Federal Register from 1936 to 2019: Historical additions to the Federal Register, 1936-2019