Federal Register weekly update: 1,548 pages 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. 11, 2023, through Sept. 15, 2023, the Federal Register grew by 1,548 pages for a year-to-date total of 63,832 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 592 documents:

  • 510 notices
  • 10 presidential documents
  • 31 proposed rules
  • 41 final rules

Eight proposed rules, including proposed amendments to the General Provisions for National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants from the Environmental Protection Agency, and two final rules, including an extension of the prohibition against certain flights in the Pyongyang Flight Information Region from the Federal Aviation Administration, 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 260 significant proposed rules, 190 significant final rules, and seven significant notices as of Sept. 15.

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