On to the data:
- Last week, 78 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 92 new final rules the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 2 hours and 9 minutes.
- All in all, 3,120 final rules have been published in the Federal Register this year.
- If this keeps up, the total tally for 2013 will be 3,594 new final rules.
- Last week, 1,419 new pages were added to the 2013 Federal Register, for a total of 66,624 pages.
- At its current pace, the 2013 Federal Register will run 76,756 pages, which would be good for fifth 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, keeping the total at 35 so far in 2013.
- The total estimated compliance costs of this year’s economically significant regulations ranges from $6.42 billion to $11.82 billion.
- So far, 280 final rules that meet the broader definition of “significant” have been published in 2013.
- So far this year, 613 final rules affect small business; 83 of them are significant rules.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- Federal employees who are D.C. residents are having some restrictions on their allowed political activities loosened, such as the ability to run for office as a political partisan.
- The federal government regulates the caps that appear on the end of toy guns.
- The federal government’s revised intrastate and interstate turtle requirements, which have previously appeared in this space, have been given an effective date of December 9, 2013.
- OSHA is issuing new standards for signs.
- New tire grading standards from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- In a bit of good news, the Steller seal lion has been delisted from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.