Federal Register weekly update: More than 20,000 notices issued so far in 2022

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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 14 through November 18, the Federal Register grew by 2,682 pages for a year-to-date total of 70,700 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 592 documents:

  1. 469 notices
  2. Five presidential documents
  3. 41 proposed rules
  4. 77 final rules

Seven proposed rules, including revisions to natural disaster procedures from the Engineers Corps, and six final rules, including amendments to regulations under the Privacy Act of 1974 from the Homeland Security 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 202 significant proposed rules, 219 significant final rules, and four significant notices as of November 18.

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