Federal Register weekly update: 494 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. 23, 2023, through Oct. 27, 2023, the Federal Register grew by 1,344 pages for a year-to-date total of 74,018 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 494 documents:

  • 406 notices
  • Five presidential documents
  • 46 proposed rules
  • 37 final rules

Five proposed rules, including proposed amendments to the Federal Management Regulation (FMR) from the General Services Administration; and three final rules, including corrections to a final rule regarding public access to information from the State 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 293 significant proposed rules, 226 significant final rules, and 12 significant notices as of Oct. 27.

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