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 13, 2023, through March 17, 2023, the Federal Register grew by 1,266 pages for a year-to-date total of 16,530 pages.
The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
This week’s Federal Register featured the following 498 documents:
- 421 notices
- Six presidential documents
- 31 proposed rules
- 40 final rules
Eleven proposed rules, including proposed amendments to the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) from the General Services Administration, and four final rules, including amendments to adjudication regulations regarding presumptive radiation exposure locations 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 87 significant proposed rules, 57 significant final rules, and four significant notices as of March 17.
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