On to the data:
- Last week, 84 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 precisely every 2 hours.
- So far in 2014, 522 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 2,900 new regulations this year. This would be the lowest total in decades; this will likely change as the year goes on.
- Last week, 1,507 new pages were added to the Federal Register.
- Currently at 13,178 pages, the 2014 Federal Register is on pace for 73,211 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.
- 51 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
- So far in 2014, 105 new rules affect small businesses; 16 of them are classified as significant.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- The FAA is updating its information collection requirements for pilots and aircraft dispatchers.
- Two new air quality rules for Oklahoma.
- The Department of Homeland Security issued a rule addressing the problem of prison rape in what it euphemistically calls its “confinement facilities.”
- The EPA updated its effluent regulations for construction sites.
- The Fish and Wildlife Service designated 764,207 acres of critical habitat for jaguars in Arizona and New Mexico, or nearly 1,200 square miles.
- The federal government has a Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Program. A new rule amends its referendum procedures.