Federal Register weekly update: 447 documents added

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 Sept. 4, 2023, through Sept. 8, 2023, the Federal Register grew by 1,720 pages for a year-to-date total of 62,284 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 447 documents:

  1. 366 notices
  2. Eight presidential documents
  3. 38 proposed rules
  4. 35 final rules

Six proposed rules, including a proposal to establish minimum staffing standards for long-term care facilities from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and three final rules, including a determination of acceptability to expand the list of acceptable substitutes pursuant to the Significant New Alternatives Policy program from the Environmental Protection Agency were deemed significant under E.O. 12866, as amended by E.O. 14094—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 252 significant proposed rules, 188 significant final rules, and seven significant notices as of Sept. 8.

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