President Joe Biden (D) issued two executive orders in August, bringing his total number to 121.
The two orders he issued in August were:
- Executive Order on United States Coast Guard Officer Personnel Management (Aug. 14, 2023)
- Executive Order on Addressing United States Investments in Certain National Security Technologies and Products in Countries of Concern (Aug. 9, 2023)
Biden issued 25 executive orders in January 2021, more than any other month of his presidency. He did not issue any executive orders in November 2022 and January 2023.
Biden is averaging 45 executive orders per year, the fourth-highest average among presidents who have held office since 1981. Donald Trump (R) averaged 55 executive orders per year, the most in that time. Barack Obama (D) averaged 35 per year, the fewest in that time.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (D) issued 307 executive orders per year on average, the most of all U.S. presidents. William Henry Harrison (Whig) averaged the fewest, issuing none during his one month in office. Three presidents issued only one executive order each: James Madison (Democratic-Republican), James Monroe (Democratic-Republican), and John Adams (Federalist).