Federal Register weekly update: More than 20,000 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 Sept. 18, 2023, through Sept. 22, 2023, the Federal Register grew by 1,748 pages for a year-to-date total of 65,580 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 538 documents:

  • 435 notices
  • Six presidential documents
  • 33 proposed rules
  • 64 final rules

Five proposed rules, including proposed amendments to the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) from the General Services Administration; four final rules, including amendments to energy conservation standards for commercial packaged boilers to comply with a court decision from the Energy Department; and one notice, including an extension of the compliance date for the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) final rule for Community Planning and Development programs from the Housing and Urban Development Department 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 265 significant proposed rules, 194 significant final rules, and eight significant notices as of Sept. 22.

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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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