Federal Register weekly update: More than 200 presidential documents issued so far in 2022

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 September 5 through September 9, the Federal Register grew by 1,386 pages for a year-to-date total of 55,682 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 460 documents:

  • 339 notices
  • 13 presidential documents
  • 33 proposed rules
  • 75 final rules

Six proposed rules, including a request for comments on a new framework for indemnity regulations from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and five final rules, including indemnification regulations for AmeriCorps employees from the Corporation for National and Community Service 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 154 significant proposed rules, 175 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of September 9.

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