Federal Register weekly update: More than 100 significant documents added so far in 2023

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 Feb. 27 through March 3, the Federal Register grew by 1,522 pages for a year-to-date total of 13,654 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 547 documents:

  • 419 notices
  • 12 presidential documents
  • 45 proposed rules
  • 71 final rules

Eleven proposed rules, including proposed revisions of fee schedules for applicants and licensees from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; eight final rules, including minimum standards for projects funded by the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program from the Federal Highway Administration; and one notice, including approval of rates for inpatient and outpatient medical care provided by Indian Health Service facilities from the Indian Health 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 68 significant proposed rules, 46 significant final rules, and four significant notices as of March 3.

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