Federal Register weekly update: 480 documents 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 November 4 through November 11, the Federal Register grew by 1,084 pages for a year-to-date total of 68,018 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 480 documents:

  1. 397 notices
  2. Five presidential documents
  3. 40 proposed rules
  4. 38 final rules

Three proposed rules, including a proposal to lift the moratorium on licensing Small Business Lending Companies and remove the Loan Authorization requirement from the Small Business Administration, and two final rules, including revisions to the End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System for calendar year 2023 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 195 significant proposed rules, 213 significant final rules, and four significant notices as of November 11.

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