Federal Register weekly update: More than 400 significant 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 October 31 through November 4, the Federal Register grew by 1,416 pages for a year-to-date total of 66,934 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 545 documents:

  1. 441 notices
  2. 11 presidential documents
  3. 37 proposed rules
  4. 56 final rules

Six proposed rules, including an amendment to the color additive regulation to increase the certification services fee from the Food and Drug Administration, and five final rules, including amendments to regulations regarding the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, the Federal Perkins Loan, and the Federal Family Education Loan Program 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 192 significant proposed rules, 211 significant final rules, and four significant notices as of November 4.

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