Federal Register weekly update: Lowest weekly page total 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 July 3, 2023, through July 7, 2023, the Federal Register grew by 838 pages for a year-to-date total of 43,424 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 404 documents:

  • 348 notices
  • Two presidential documents
  • 18 proposed rules
  • 36 final rules

Four proposed rules, including a proposal to establish the Veteran and Spouse Transitional Assistance Grant Program from the Veterans Affairs Department, and four final rules, including amendments to the Chemical Weapons Convention Regulations from the Industry and Security Bureau 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 183 significant proposed rules, 127 significant final rules, and five significant notices as of July 7.

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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