Federal Register weekly update: Yearly page total tops 15,000 (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 Feb. 26, 2024, through March 1, 2024, the Federal Register grew by 1,460 pages for a year-to-date total of 15,430 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 608 documents:

  • 508 notices
  • Four presidential documents
  • 47 proposed rules
  • 49 final rules

One proposed rule, including an extension of the comment period for a Dec. 2023 proposed rule from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; and four final rules, including the implementation of indexing methodologies for calculating maximum loan limits from the Housing and Urban Development Department, 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 42 significant proposed rules, 47 significant final rules, and no significant notices as of March 1, 2024.

Ballotpedia maintains page counts and other information about the Federal Register as part of its neutral, nonpartisan encyclopedic coverage that defines and analyzes the administrative state, including its philosophical origins, legal and judicial precedents, and scholarly examinations of its consequences. The coverage area also monitors and reports on measures of federal government activity.

Additional reading: