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 16 through January 20, the Federal Register grew by 1,410 pages for a year-to-date total of 3,910 pages.
The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
This week’s Federal Register featured the following 468 documents:
- 372 notices
- Four presidential documents
- 31 proposed rules
- 61 final rules
Three proposed rules, including revisions to regulations under the Black Lung Benefits Act regarding authorization of self-insurers from the Workers’ Compensation Programs Office, and seven final rules, including amendments to medical regulations regarding emergent suicide care from the Veterans Affairs 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 21 significant proposed rules, 13 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of January 20.
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