Federal Register weekly update: Tops 25,000 pages

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 April 24, 2023, through April 28, 2023, the Federal Register grew by 1,790 pages for a year-to-date total of 26,466 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 516 documents:

  • 412 notices
  • 5 presidential documents
  • 37 proposed rules
  • 62 final rules

Eight proposed rules, including proposed amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units (EGUs) from the Environmental Protection Agency, and five final rules, including amendments to the Federal Management Regulation 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 in 2023 has issued 132 significant proposed rules, 84 significant final rules, and four significant notices as of April 28.

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Click here to find more information about weekly additions to the Federal Register in 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017: Changes to the Federal Register

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Click here to find yearly information about additions to the Federal Register from 1936 to 2021: Historical additions to the Federal Register, 1936-2021




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