Federal Register weekly update: Ten significant 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 Oct. 16, 2023, through Oct. 20, 2023, the Federal Register grew by 1,402 pages for a year-to-date total of 72,674 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 571 documents:

  • 484 notices
  • Four presidential documents
  • 34 proposed rules
  • 49 final rules

Three proposed rules, including proposed regulations for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; four final rules, including findings that lead air pollution may be anticipated to endanger public health under the meaning of the Clean Air Act from the Environmental Protection Agency; and three notices, including an announcement of the inpatient hospital deductible and hospital and extended care services coinsurance amounts for 2024 from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 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 288 significant proposed rules, 223 significant final rules, and 12 significant notices as of Oct. 20.

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