Federal Register weekly update: Highest weekly significant document total 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 28 through December 2, the Federal Register grew by 1,430 pages for a year-to-date total of 74,288 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 540 documents:

  1. 391 notices
  2. Two presidential documents
  3. 49 proposed rules
  4. 98 final rules

Eleven proposed rules, including a request for input on ways to strengthen cybersecurity in the pipeline and rail sectors from the Transportation Security Administration, and seven final rules, including amendments to regulations for the Rural Broadband Program from the Rural Utilities Service 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 217 significant proposed rules, 235 significant final rules, and four significant notices as of December 2.

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Click here to find yearly information about additions to the Federal Register from 1936 to 2019: https://ballotpedia.org/Historical_additions_to_the_Federal_Register,_1936-2019