Federal Register weekly update: 499 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 Nov. 27, 2023, through Dec. 1, 2023, the Federal Register grew by 1,288 pages for a year-to-date total of 84,066 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 499 documents:

  • 411 notices
  • Three presidential documents
  • 33 proposed rules
  • 52 final rules

Five proposed rules, including a proposed requirement for written notification to public housing tenants at least 30 days prior to lease termination for nonpayment of rent from the Housing and Urban Development Department; and five final rules, including amendments to regulations under the Packers and Stockyards Act regarding disclosure requirements from the Agricultural Marketing Service, 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 321 significant proposed rules, 253 significant final rules, and 12 significant notices as of Dec. 1.

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