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Federal Register weekly update; highest weekly presidential document total of 2020 to date

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.

From May 4 to May 8, the Federal Register grew by 1,326 pages for a year-to-date total of 27,644 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 20,764 pages and 22,176 pages, respectively. As of May 8, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 6,880 pages and the 2018 total by 5,468 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 570 types of documents:
  • 428 notices
  • 16 presidential documents
  • 57 proposed rules
  • 69 final rules

No proposed or final rules were deemed significant under E.O. 12866—meaning that they could 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 Trump administration in 2020 has issued 15 significant proposed rules and 24 significant final rules as of May 8.

Not all rules issued by the Trump administration are regulatory actions. Some rules are deregulatory actions pursuant to President Trump’s (R) Executive Order 13771, which requires federal agencies to eliminate two old significant regulations for each new significant regulation issued.

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

Click here to find yearly information about additions to the Federal Register from 1936 to 2018.


Federal Register weekly update; Trump administration’s largest weekly page total tops 3,100 pages

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.

From April 27 to May 1, the Federal Register grew by 3,144 pages for a year-to-date total of 26,318 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 19,682 pages and 19,904 pages, respectively. As of May 1, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 6,636 pages and the 2018 total by 6,414 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 527 documents:
  • 425 notices
  • five presidential documents
  • 49 proposed rules
  • 48 final rules

Four final rules were deemed significant under E.O. 12866—meaning that they could 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 Trump administration in 2020 has issued 15 significant proposed rules and 24 significant final rules as of May 1.

Not all rules issued by the Trump administration are regulatory actions. Some rules are deregulatory actions pursuant to President Trump’s (R) Executive Order 13771, which requires federal agencies to eliminate two old significant regulations for each new significant regulation issued.

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

Click here to find yearly information about additions to the Federal Register from 1936 to 2018.


New definition of “waters of the United States” reins in federal control of water pollution

On April 21, the Trump administration implemented its new definition of waters that fall within the scope of those regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

The new waters of the United States (WOTUS) definition narrows federal jurisdiction over intrastate waters as well as groundwater, roadside ditches, converted cropland, stormwater controls, and waste treatment systems. The new WOTUS definition is effective as of June 22, 2020.

According to the summary of the updated definition posted in the Federal Register, the new rule aims “to restore and maintain the integrity of the nation’s waters by maintaining federal authority over those waters that Congress determined should be regulated by the Federal government under its Commerce Clause powers, while adhering to Congress’ policy directive to preserve States’ primary authority over land and water resources.”

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had originally proposed a revision of the definition of WOTUS in December 2018 to replace the Obama Administration’s expansion of federal powers under the Clean Water Act. They had done so after President Trump signed an executive order on February 28, 2017, directing the EPA to review and either rescind or revise the 2015 Obama administration definition.

Opponents of the revision argue that the new WOTUS definition is too narrow and might allow pollutants to enter Americans’ drinking water. Supporters of the revision believe it is necessary because, in their view, the Obama-era definition infringed on property rights and on state authority to regulate inland waters.

Learn more about the Clean Water Act and the EPA.



Federal Register weekly update; highest weekly page total since mid-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.

From April 20 to April 24, the Federal Register grew by 1,466 pages for a year-to-date total of 23,204 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 17,930 pages and 18,726 pages, respectively. As of April 24, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 5,274 pages and the 2018 total by 4,478 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 563 documents:
• 474 notices
• seven presidential documents
• 44 proposed rules
• 58 final rules
One final rule was deemed significant under E.O. 12866—meaning that it could 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 Trump administration in 2020 has issued 15 significant proposed rules and 20 significant final rules as of April 24.

Not all rules issued by the Trump administration are regulatory actions. Some rules are deregulatory actions pursuant to President Trump’s (R) Executive Order 13771, which requires federal agencies to eliminate two old significant regulations for each new significant regulation issued.

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

Click here to find more information about weekly additions to the Federal Register in 2018 and 2017.

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Click here to find yearly information about additions to the Federal Register from 1936 to 2018.



Federal Register weekly update; lowest weekly final rule total since January

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.

From April 13 to April 17, the Federal Register grew by 1,354 pages for a year-to-date total of 21,738 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 16,600 pages and 17,614 pages, respectively. As of April 17, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 5,138 pages and the 2018 total by 4,124 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 531 documents:
• 419 notices
• five presidential documents
• 56 proposed rules
• 51 final rules

No proposed or final rules were deemed significant under E.O. 12866—meaning that they could 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 Trump administration in 2020 has issued 15 significant proposed rules and 19 significant final rules as of April 17.

Not all rules issued by the Trump administration are regulatory actions. Some rules are deregulatory actions pursuant to President Trump’s (R) Executive Order 13771, which requires federal agencies to eliminate two old significant regulations for each new significant regulation issued.

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

Click here to find more information about weekly additions to the Federal Register in 2018 and 2017: https://ballotpedia.org/Changes_to_the_Federal_Register

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Click here to find yearly information about additions to the Federal Register from 1936 to 2018.



Federal Register weekly update; highest weekly presidential document total of 2020 to date

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.

From April 6 to April 10, the Federal Register grew by 1,308 pages for a year-to-date total of 20,384 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 15,082 pages and 16,182 pages, respectively. As of April 10, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 5,302 pages and the 2018 total by 4,202 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 542 documents:
  • 422 notices
  • 14 presidential documents
  • 41 proposed rules
  • 66 final rules

One proposed rule was deemed significant under E.O. 12866—meaning that it could 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 Trump administration in 2020 has issued 15 significant proposed rules and 19 significant final rules as of April 10.

Not all rules issued by the Trump administration are regulatory actions. Some rules are deregulatory actions pursuant to President Trump’s (R) Executive Order 13771, which requires federal agencies to eliminate two old significant regulations for each new significant regulation issued.

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

Click here to find yearly information about additions to the Federal Register from 1936 to 2018.


Federal Register weekly update; agency rulemaking continues despite coronavirus outbreak

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.

From March 30 to April 3, the Federal Register grew by 1,604 pages for a year-to-date total of 19,076 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 13,794 pages and 15,018 pages, respectively. As of April 3, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 5,282 pages and the 2018 total by 4,058 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 559 documents:
  • 443 notices
  • eight presidential documents
  • 50 proposed rules
  • 58 final rules

Two proposed rules and one final rule were deemed significant under E.O. 12866—meaning that they could 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 Trump administration in 2020 has issued 14 significant proposed rules and 19 significant final rules as of April 3.

Not all rules issued by the Trump administration are regulatory actions. Some rules are deregulatory actions pursuant to President Trump’s (R) Executive Order 13771, which requires federal agencies to eliminate two old significant regulations for each new significant regulation issued.

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

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Click here to find yearly information about additions to the Federal Register from 1936 to 2018.


Federal Register weekly update; lowest weekly page total since first week of January

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.

From March 23 to March 27, the Federal Register grew by 1,246 pages for a year-to-date total of 17,472 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 12,046 pages and 13,624 pages, respectively. As of March 27, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 5,426 pages and the 2018 total by 3,848 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 486 documents:
• 390 notices
• six presidential documents
• 35 proposed rules
• 55 final rules
Two proposed rules and two final rules were deemed significant under E.O. 12866—meaning that they could 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 Trump administration in 2020 has issued 12 significant proposed rules and 18 significant final rules as of March 27.

Not all rules issued by the Trump administration are regulatory actions. Some rules are deregulatory actions pursuant to President Trump’s (R) Executive Order 13771, which requires federal agencies to eliminate two old significant regulations for each new significant regulation issued.

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

Click here to find more information about weekly additions to the Federal Register in 2018 and 2017: https://ballotpedia.org/Changes_to_the_Federal_Register

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Click here to find yearly information about additions to the Federal Register from 1936 to 2018.



Federal Register weekly update; lowest weekly page total since first week of January

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.

From March 2 to March 6, the Federal Register grew by 1,268 pages for a year-to-date total of 13,474 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 8,588 pages and 10,552 pages, respectively. As of March 6, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 4,886 pages and the 2018 total by 2,922 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 641 documents:
• 420 notices
• 11 presidential documents
• 30 proposed rules
• 59 final rules

Two proposed rules were deemed significant under E.O. 12866—meaning that they could 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 Trump administration in 2020 has issued nine significant proposed rules and 16 significant final rules as of March 6.

Not all rules issued by the Trump administration are regulatory actions. Some rules are deregulatory actions pursuant to President Trump’s (R) Executive Order 13771, which requires federal agencies to eliminate two old significant regulations for each new significant regulation issued.

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

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