CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

This week in the world of regulation:

  • Last week, 54 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. This is up from 52 new final rules the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation precisely every 3 hours and 7 minutes — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • All in all, 134 final rules have been published in the Federal Register this year.
  • If this keeps up, the total tally for 2013 will be 2,717 new final rules.
  • Last week, 1,676 new pages were added to the 2013 Federal Register, for a total of 4,286 pages.
  • At its current pace, the 2013 Federal Register will run 82,424 pages.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Two such rules were published last week, for a total 3 so far in 2013.
  • The total compliance costs of this year’s economically significant regulations ranges from $811 million to $2.75 billion.
  • So far, 11 final rules that meet the broader definition of “significant” have been published in 2013.
  • So far this year, 29 final rules affect small business; one of them is a significant rule.

Highlights from final rules published last week:

For more data, go to TenThousandCommandments.com.


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