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 17 through October 21, the Federal Register grew by 1,428 pages for a year-to-date total of 64,148 pages.
The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
This week’s Federal Register featured the following 558 documents:
- 454 notices
- Seven presidential documents
- 42 proposed rules
- 55 final rules
Seven proposed rules, including the establishment of indexing methodologies to calculate loan limits for Title I Manufactured Home Loans from the Housing and Urban Development Department, and six final rules, including the establishment of the Rural eConnectivity Program from the Rural Utilities 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 184 significant proposed rules, 201 significant final rules, and four significant notices as of October 21.
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