Federal Register weekly update: 60 rules added in last week of December (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. 25, 2023, through Dec. 29, 2023, the Federal Register grew by 1,588 pages for a year-to-date total of 90,402 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 477 documents:

  • 380 notices
  • Three presidential documents
  • 34 proposed rules
  • 60 final rules

Three proposed rules, including one that proposed identifying single-use plastic-free packaging for products under Federal Supply Schedules from the General Services Administration; six final rules, including a rule implementing a five-year extension on the prohibition of certain flight services in the Damascus Flight Information Region from the Federal Aviation Administration; 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 334 significant proposed rules, 284 significant final rules, and 17 significant notices as of Jan. 2, 2024.

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