Federal Register weekly update: Lowest weekly document total since 2021

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 January 2 through January 6, the Federal Register grew by 1,132 pages for a year-to-date total of 1,132 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 288 documents:

  1. 221 notices
  2. Three presidential documents
  3. 23 proposed rules
  4. 41 final rules

Seven proposed rules, including amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Lime Manufacturing Plants from the Environmental Protection Agency, and three final rules, including removal of the mask requirement for individuals ages two and older in Head Start programs from the Children and Families Administration 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 seven significant proposed rules, three significant final rules, and zero significant notices as of January 6.

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