Federal Register weekly update: 300 significant documents issued 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 June 19, 2023, through June 23, 2023, the Federal Register grew by 1,526 pages for a year-to-date total of 41,288 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 445 documents:

  • 356 notices
  • Six presidential documents
  • 33 proposed rules
  • 50 final rules

Four proposed rules, including a proposal to amend regulations under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to clarify the interagency consultation processes from the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and four final rules, including amendments to the Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation from the Homeland Security 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 in 2023 has issued 176 significant proposed rules, 119 significant final rules, and five significant notices as of June 23.

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