CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

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The federal government took Monday off to celebrate George Washington’s birthday. But even accounting for the short work week, it was another light week on the regulatory front.

  • Last week, 35 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 56 new final rules the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 4 hours and 48 minutes.
  • So far in 2014, 362 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 2,586 new regulations this year. This would be the lowest total in decades; this will likely change as the year goes on.
  • Last week, 896 new pages were added to the Federal Register.
  • Currently at 9,975 pages, the 2014 Federal Register is on pace for 71,250 pages, which would be the lowest total since 2009.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Six such rules have been published so far this year, none of them in the past week.
  • The total estimated compliance costs of 2014’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $614 million to $885 million. They also affect several billion dollars of government spending.
  • 39 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2014, 72 new rules affect small businesses; 12 of them are classified as significant.

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

For more data, see Ten Thousand Commandments and follow @10KC and @RegoftheDay on Twitter.

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