Federal Register weekly update: Yearly page total tops 50,000 (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 June 17, 2024, through June 21, 2024, the Federal Register grew by 1,152 pages, bringing the year-to-date total to 52,354 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 491 documents:

  • 398 notices
  • three presidential documents
  • 28 proposed rules
  • 62 final rules

One proposed rule and one final rule from last week were deemed significant under E.O. 12866, as amended by E.O. 14094. Significant rules are 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 Coast Guard published the proposed rule, which would require all shipboard personnel to complete emergency training on U.S.-flagged passenger ships. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission published the final rule, which would provide exemptions for investigatory mission and personnel security documents from disclosure pursuant to the Privacy Act of 1974.

The Biden administration in 2024 has issued 79 significant proposed rules, 176 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of June 21, 2024.

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