Federal Register weekly update: Over 1,800 pages added in first week of March

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 March 4, 2024, through March 8, 2024, the Federal Register grew by 1,834 pages for a year-to-date total of 17,264 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 592 documents:

  • 493 notices
  • Nine presidential documents
  • 25 proposed rules
  • 65 final rules

Three proposed rules, including a proposal to amend the recoupment standard in the Loan Guaranty: Revisions to VA-Guaranteed or Insured Interest Rate Reduction Refinancing Loans 2022 proposed rule from the Veterans Affairs Department; and seven final rules, including the inclusion of abortion counseling to medical benefits packages also from the Veterans Affairs 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 45 significant proposed rules, 54 significant final rules, and no significant notices as of March 8, 2024.

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