Federal Register weekly update: 1,504 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 October 10 through October 14, the Federal Register grew by 1,504 pages for a year-to-date total of 62,720 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 449 documents:

  1. 361 notices
  2. 14 presidential documents
  3. 24 proposed rules
  4. 50 final rules

Five proposed rules, including an extension of the public comment period for proposed amendments to organic livestock and poultry production requirements from the Agricultural Marketing Service, and six final rules, including an increase to the minimum rest period for flight attendants from the Federal Aviation 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 177 significant proposed rules, 195 significant final rules, and four significant notices as of October 14.

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Click here to find yearly information about additions to the Federal Register from 1936 to 2019: https://ballotpedia.org/Historical_additions_to_the_Federal_Register,_1936-2019