This week in the world of regulation:
- Last week, which was a four-day week due to the Labor Day holiday, 58 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 81 new final rules the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 2 hours and 54 minutes — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- All in all, 2,533 final rules have been published in the Federal Register this year.
- If this keeps up, the total tally for 2013 will be 3,713 new final rules.
- Last week, 809 new pages were added to the 2013 Federal Register, for a total of 54,768 pages.
- At its current pace, the 2013 Federal Register will run 79,145 pages, which would be good for fourth all time. The current record is 81,405 pages, set in 2010.
- Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. No such rules were published last week, for a total of 26 so far in 2013.
- The total estimated compliance costs of this year’s economically significant regulations ranges from $5.78 billion to $10.39 billion.
- So far, 220 final rules that meet the broader definition of “significant” have been published in 2013.
- So far this year, 483 final rules affect small business; 64 of them are significant rules.
Highlights from final rules published last week:
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection has extended the boundaries of the port in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- When you go shopping for appliances, you’ll see stickers on them showing a unit’s estimated annual energy costs. That label is required by the Federal Trade Commission, which just issued a correction to a recent revision to the label’s requirements.
- If you claim foreign tax credits, the IRS has issued new rules for how that affects your U.S. tax situation.
- Date growers in Riverside County, California (but not elsewhere) will now enjoy a lower assessment rate from the Agricultural Marketing Service.
For more data, go to TenThousandCommandments.com.