Federal Register weekly update: 1,378 pages added

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 26 through September 30, the Federal Register grew by 1,378 pages for a year-to-date total of 59,632 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 596 documents:

  1. 502 notices
  2. Three presidential documents
  3. 30 proposed rules
  4. 61 final rules

Four proposed rules, including the use of a single institutional review board (IRB) to review Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated research from the Food and Drug Administration, two final rules, including reporting requirements for beneficial ownership from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and three notices, including amounts for inpatient hospital deductibles and hospital and extended care services coinsurance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 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 170 significant proposed rules, 186 significant final rules, and four significant notices as of September 30.

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