Federal Register weekly update: Tops 5000 pages

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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 January 23 through January 27, the Federal Register grew by 1,810 pages for a year-to-date total of 5,720 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 587 documents:

  • 499 notices
  • Four presidential documents
  • 38 proposed rules
  • 46 final rules

Five proposed rules, including consideration of revisions to the regulatory capital framework for the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation from the Farm Credit Administration, and six final rules, including implementation of the Helping American Victims Affected by Neurological Attacks (HAVANA) Act of 2021 from the State 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 26 significant proposed rules, 19 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of January 27.

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