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 25 through July 29, the Federal Register grew by 2,898 pages for a year-to-date total of 46,882 pages.
The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
This week’s Federal Register featured the following 584 documents:
- 488 notices
- Six presidential documents
- 48 proposed rules
- 42 final rules
Seven proposed rules, including regulations to establish minimum size requirements for train crews from the Federal Railroad Administration, and six final rules, including improvements to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Model (GEM) for heavy-duty vehicles 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 126 significant proposed rules, 142 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of July 29.
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Click here to find more information about weekly additions to the Federal Register in 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017: Changes to the Federal Register
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