On to the data:
- Last week, 79 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 64 new final rules the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 2 hours and 8 minutes.
- So far in 2014, 809 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 3,112 new regulations this year. This would be the lowest total in decades; this will likely change as the year goes on.
- Last week, 1,134 new pages were added to the Federal Register.
- Currently at 18,961 pages, the 2014 Federal Register is on pace for 72,927 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. 10 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 $1.05 billion to $1.34 billion. They also affect several billion dollars of government spending.
- 73 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
- So far in 2014, 174 new rules affect small businesses; 24 of them are classified as significant.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- The Agricultural Marketing Service is loosening some of its restrictions for exporting apples to Canada in bulk.
- Another Dodd-Frank regulation hit the books, this one concerning retaliation procedures for whistleblowers. Passed in 2010, Dodd-Frank is currently about halfway to full implementation.
- If you are a government employee who receives gifts from foreigners, the General Service Administration has revised how you should calculate the value of those gifts.
- Visa restrictions on visitors from Chile have been relaxed somewhat.
- The federal government has a National Watermelon Promotion Board. On Monday, it revised its membership requirements.
- In a bit of good news, the island night lizard was removed from the endangered species list.