Federal Register weekly update: Tops 20,000 pages in third 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 18, 2024, through March 22, 2024, the Federal Register grew by 1,314 pages for a year-to-date total of 20,538 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 518 documents:

  • 423 notices
  • Three presidential documents
  • 36 proposed rules
  • 56 final rules

Two proposed rules, including a proposal to prohibit open burning and detonation of waste explosives in light of alternative technology from the Environmental Protection Agency; and five final rules, including revisions to the Section 184 Indian Housing Loan Guarantee Program to strengthen its administration 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 49 significant proposed rules, 64 significant final rules, and no significant notices as of March 22, 2024.

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