Federal Register weekly update: More than 15,000 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 July 17, 2023, through July 21, 2023, the Federal Register grew by 2,022 pages for a year-to-date total of 47,350 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 517 documents:

  • 402 notices
  • Four presidential documents
  • 42 proposed rules
  • 69 final rules

Five proposed rules, including proposed amendments to the Suspended Counterparty Program regulation from the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and six final rules, including amendments to occupational injury and illness recordkeeping requirements from the Occupational Safety and Health 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 196 significant proposed rules, 138 significant final rules, and six significant notices as of July 21.

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