Federal Register weekly update: More than 3,000 documents issued so far in 2023

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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 February 6 through February 10, the Federal Register grew by 1,548 pages for a year-to-date total of 9,104 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 564 documents:

  1. 460 notices
  2. Five presidential documents
  3. 34 proposed rules
  4. 65 final rules

Four proposed rules, including proposed long-term school nutrition standards from the Food and Nutrition Service, and one notice, including a request for comments regarding the information collection for a proposed rule concerning oil and gas resources from the Forest 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 41 significant proposed rules, 25 significant final rules, and two significant notices as of February 10.

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