Federal Register weekly update: Tops 80,000 pages

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 December 26 through December 30, the Federal Register grew by 1,544 pages for a year-to-date total of 80,756 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 408 documents:

  • 320 notices
  • Three presidential documents
  • 25 proposed rules
  • 60 final rules

Three proposed rules, including standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program for 2023-2025 from the Environmental Protection Agency, and seven final rules, including regulations regarding exceptions for certain interests held by foreign pension funds from the Internal Revenue 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 241 significant proposed rules, 252 significant final rules, and five significant notices as of December 30.

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