Federal Register weekly update: More than 5,000 documents added 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 March 6, 2023, through March 10, 2023, the Federal Register grew by 1,610 pages for a year-to-date total of 15,264 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:

  • 422 notices
  • Three presidential documents
  • 50 proposed rules
  • 72 final rules

Eight proposed rules, including proposed requirements for tobacco product manufacturing from the Food and Drug Administration, and seven final rules, including amendments to the Federal Management Regulation regarding real estate acquisition from the General Services 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 76 significant proposed rules, 53 significant final rules, and four significant notices as of March 10.

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