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 21 through November 25, the Federal Register grew by 2,158 pages for a year-to-date total of 72,858 pages.
The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
This week’s Federal Register featured the following 541 documents:
- 451 notices
- Four presidential documents
- 29 proposed rules
- 57 final rules
Four proposed rules, including amendments to the Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 from the Employee Benefits Security Administration, and nine final rules, including emission standards and test procedures for certain classes of aircraft engines from the Environmental Protection Agency 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 206 significant proposed rules, 228 significant final rules, and four significant notices as of November 25.
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