Federal Register weekly update: Tops 65,000 pages

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 24 through October 28, the Federal Register grew by 1,370 pages for a year-to-date total of 65,518 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 575 documents:

  1. 487 notices
  2. Four presidential documents
  3. 36 proposed rules
  4. 48 final rules

Two proposed rules, including a public hearing on minimum safety requirements for the size of train crews from the Federal Railroad Administration, and five final rules, including amendments to regulations for Federal Pell Grants for prison education programs from the Education Department 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 186 significant proposed rules, 206 significant final rules, and four significant notices as of October 28.

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