Federal Register weekly update: 586 pages added (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 Dec. 11, 2023, through Dec. 15, 2023, the Federal Register grew by 1,512 pages for a year-to-date total of 87,328 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 586 documents:

  • 499 notices
  • Five presidential documents
  • 31 proposed rules
  • 51 final rules

One proposed rule on amendments to the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual from the Defense Department; ten final rules, including a step-by-step process for repatriation of Native American human remains, sacred and cultural objects, and more from the Interior Department; and no notices 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 327 significant proposed rules, 272 significant final rules, and 13 significant notices as of Dec. 15.

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