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 Jan. 15, 2024, through Jan. 19, 2024, the Federal Register grew by 1,396 pages for a year-to-date total of 3,876 pages.
The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
This week’s Federal Register featured the following 445 documents:
- 375 notices
- Two presidential documents
- 23 proposed rules
- 45 final rules
Four proposed rules, including one that proposed creating shipping fairways for vessels along the Atlantic Coast from the Coast Guard; five final rules, including an interim final rule that amended regulations for a visa waiver program to require electronic, rather than paper, form submissions from the Homeland Security 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 2024 has issued 12 significant proposed rules, 11 significant final rules, and no significant notices as of Jan. 19, 2024.
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