Federal Register weekly update: Significant documents count reaches 40 in first days of February (2024)

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. 29, 2024, through Feb. 2, 2024, the Federal Register grew by 2,178 pages for a year-to-date total of 7,598 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 515 documents:

  • 422 notices
  • No presidential documents
  • 41 proposed rules
  • 52 final rules

Nine proposed rules, including one that proposed reducing time standards for inmate disciplinary segregation from the Prisons Bureau; seven final rules, including a rule concerning federal employees’ salary determinations from the Personnel Management Office; 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 27 significant proposed rules, 22 significant final rules, and no significant notices as of Feb. 2, 2024.

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